When husband and wife team Bethany and Dr. Trapper Niccum started Thrive Chiropractic Studio, their vision was to create a comfortable and natural healing space. That is still true 20 years later. The yard outside their building is beautifully (and responsibly) landscaped, the entrance warm and inviting, and there’s a large sign on the wall in the reception area that reads “Great Things Happen Here…” In case anyone is nervous, in the adjustment room, a three-piece sign reads “inhale…exhale…repeat.”
They opened for business at 202 West 22nd Street in a 46-year-old building that used to be apartments. Building standards were different back then and nobody was thinking about energy efficiency, greenhouse gasses, and the environment like we are today. But old buildings have their charm. Bethany says the windows are “crazy old” and not well insulated, so it was cold in the winter and hot in the summer.
Being the environmentally-aware and globally-conscious team they are, they enlisted the help of Four Corners Office For Resource Efficiency (4Core) to conduct an energy audit. They received helpful yet simple and inexpensive tips to help them reduce their energy use and save money. 4CORE recommended replacing all their old incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs. 4CORE, a local non-profit organization LPEA regularly collaborates with, told them about LPEA’s Commercial LED Lighting Rebate Program and the Niccums took advantage of the savings to quickly replace their bulbs. They were shocked by the difference it made.
The Niccums said the savings on their bill has been significant and appreciated, but the other wonderful and unexpected difference has been the lack of heat. “In our adjusting studio we had four sets of track lights with five bulbs on each. They radiated so much heat that in the summer, Trapper would be sweating all day. It wasn’t comfortable for him or our patients. We would try to keep the lights off in between people to reduce the heat emanating from them because like most Durangoans, we don’t have A/C so it was pretty miserable in the summer in that one room” Bethany said.
In addition to the commercial LED lighting rebates LPEA offers, we offer a residential version as well as a host of other rebates and programs to help our members save energy and money. Our Energy Management Specialists are available to conduct a basic energy assessment of your home or business at no charge. Call (970) 247-5786 to set up an appointment.
For more information on LPEA’s rebate programs, visit lpea.coop/rebate-programs or give us a call at (970) 247-5786 to learn more about how you can save money and make your home or business more comfortable.