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Shed new light on your Truckee Tahoe business

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — If your business is still illuminated by outdated T12 tubular fluorescent lamps or less efficient 32-watt T8 lamps, now is the time to switch to new, efficient T8 fixtures.

Due to upcoming changes in California’s Building Codes, the rebates for T12 upgrades as well as T8 32 watt upgrades will decrease starting July 1.

Why switch your outdated T12 fluorescent lamps (1.5-inch diameter) or 32 watt T8 lamps (1-inch diameter) to T8 fluorescent lamps?

T8 fixtures have electronic ballasts, which eliminate flickering and humming. They are long lasting, which reduces maintenance costs. They require less energy, which leads to saving money on your energy bill. T8 fixtures also provide superior light distribution and quality, which can increase safety in the workplace and provide a better retail atmosphere.

The Sierra Business Council manages Sierra Nevada Energy Watch, a program that can help you maximize your rebate and facilitate the switch to more efficient T8s before summer.

The Sierra Nevada Energy Watch Program serves small and medium-size businesses and municipalities in: El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sierra, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Mariposa, Alpine and Amador Counties.

The Sierra Nevada Energy Watch program, a joint program between Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Sierra Business Council, has assisted more than 1,000 businesses in the Sierra Nevada by providing project management and rebates for energy efficiency upgrades.

For El Dorado, Nevada, Sierra or Placer County, call Project Manager Ian Nimmo at 530-582-4800. For Calaveras, Tuolumne, Mariposa, Alpine, or Amador County, call Project Manager Emily Dondero at 209-532-7200.

The Sierra Business Council (SBC) fosters thriving communities in the Sierra Nevada via “on-the-ground” projects that promote social, natural and economic capital. Information on SBC’s projects can be found at

This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by PG&E under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. “PG&E” refers to Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation.

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