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One of the largest privately held real estate development companies in the U.S., the Lewis Group of Companies develops rental communities, shopping centers, office parks, industrial buildings, and mixed-use planned communities. The family owned and operated company owns and manages 7,495 apartment homes in the western US. Lewis is pursuing numerous initiatives in an effort to reduce costs, pass energy-related savings on to its tenants, and make its apartment communities more environmentally friendly.As a green-thinking company, Lewis quickly realized the cost-saving and environmental benefits that retrofitting its apartment communities with more efficient lighting would provide, and welcomed the opportunity to work with
Monterey. “We were impressed with Monterey’s thorough, energy-efficient project recommendations across our apartment communities,” says Al Bennett, Director of Maintenance, Lewis Apartment Communities. Monterey implemented energy-efficient lighting throughout over 1200 apartment units in 10 Lewis communities providing a total estimated annual savings of $161,783 for tenants and landlord. For example, Monterey professionals:

  • Changed residents’ interior fixtures from inefficient incandescent lighting to Energy Star® approved hardwired compact fluorescent fixtures (70% savings)
  • Replaced T12 lamps and magnetic ballasts to long-life, high-efficiency T8 lamps and electronic ballasts in resident and common areas (35% savings)
  • Installed exterior Energy Star® approved hardwired compact fluorescent fixtures in common areas (70% savings)
  • Replaced Incandescent flood lights with Energy Star® approved compact fluorescent (CFL) reflector lamps (77% savings)
  • Replaced existing exterior high-pressure sodium and metal halide lamps and ballasts with high-efficiency and extra-long life electrode-less induction fluorescent systems in common areas (65% savings)

Monterey also identified numerous projects across several Lewis apartment communities that were eligible for potential utility rebate funds of nearly $200,000. Many of these energy-related projects are having an indirect, positive effect on Lewis’ bottom line. “It’s a definite competitive advantage when we tell existing and potential residents about energy-efficient lighting in our apartment communities that will save them money on their utility bill,” explains Bennett. “Monterey is helping us retrofit our buildings into more environmentally friendly properties where people want to live.”