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Business Bites will focus on new lighting requirements

Every one of us has incandescent light bulbs in our homes and our businesses.

Although one of the most notable inventions of this era, this type of bulb will be phased off the U.S. market beginning in 2012 under the new energy law approved by Congress. Switching to CFL bulbs will reduce electricity costs and minimize new bulb purchases.

But what does this switching out mean to our businesses? When do we have to switch? What are the costs? What are the savings, and are there any alternatives?

Ray Peroti, of La Plata Electric Association, will be on hand Tuesday, Aug. 16 from noon-1 p.m. to answer all your questions. Peroti will be able to answer questions concerning switching out anything from regular light fixtures to T-12 fixtures (fluorescent lighting) to refrigerated case lighting and even outside or street lighting that you may have in and around your business.

As businesses begin to budget for 2012, this is an important time to see what changing out your commercial lighting might mean to you financially. While there will be a cost involved in switching out equipment and bulbs, there are also rebates associated with retrofitting overhead fluorescent lighting and refrigerated case lighting and parking lot lighting. For example, when retrofitting a refrigeration case; you may be able to receive a rebate of $60 per door. In replacing the fluorescent lighting, you can receive a rebate of up to 50 percent of the lamp material costs. Not only will you receive a rebate; but even with the higher cost of the bulbs, your electrical costs will come down due to energy efficiency, saving you significant money in the long run. However, in order to plan and have an idea of what it might cost your business, you need to know the facts.

Start planning now and replace your lighting either this year or early in 2012. Peroti will be able to explain the differences in alternative lighting, talk about the pros and cons, and answer questions that arise due to this new requirement. This is a critical informational session in particular for restaurants, lodging facilities, including bed and breakfasts, and larger commercial spaces.

The class will be held at Boss Hogg’s Restaurant on Tuesday, Aug. 16, beginning at noon as the monthly Business Bites luncheon returns after the summer hiatus. The cost of the session is $12 for Chamber members and $15 for non-members. In order for the restaurant to set up and staff properly, we ask that you R.S.V.P. However, walk-ins are always welcome on a space-available basis. This will be a fast-paced, very informative session and we encourage as many business owners as possible to attend. To register, call the Chamber at 264-2360.

Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters

The 10th anniversary of the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters National Show is in full swing here and winding down this coming weekend.

Take time to attend the gala opening reception and awards ceremony on Friday, Aug. 5, at Wild Spirit Gallery, beginning at 5 p.m. The gala is open to the public. Then, on your way to the county fair, stop by either Town Park, Centennial Park or the Visitor Center parking lot to watch the Plein Air “Quick Draw.”

Paintings from this two-hour painting session will be displayed at Wild Spirit Gallery from noon–2 p.m. at the Quick Draw Sale. Five percent of all proceeds from the Quick Draw sale will benefit the Fine Arts Magnet Academy, a program designed to provide expanded arts education opportunities to Archuleta County students. There will then be a final reception on Aug. 6, at 5 p.m. again at Wild Spirit Gallery. This show has been a wonderful opportunity for our community, highlighting some unique scenery and creating some great exposure. Thanks to the association and Wild Spirit Gallery for all their work in bringing this show to Pagosa.

It’s fair time

The 60th Archuleta County Fair will take place today through Sunday. There is something for everyone at this wonderful heritage event. Enjoy the Texaco Country Showdown in conjunction with KWUF Radio on Friday evening in addition to a new event at the fair — a boxing match. On Saturday, there is a Ranch Rodeo during the day, a new skateboard event beginning at 4 p.m., and the 4-H barbecue and Livestock Auction in the evening, followed by the Fair Dance with the High Rollers. On Sunday, don’t miss the Lee Sterling Chile Cookoff. There will be activities for adults and children all weekend long, as well as competitions in a myriad of categories.

The fair is still in need of volunteers, so if you would like to give even a few hours of your time to this traditional, annual event, call the Extension Office at 264-5931.

Membership

We have one new member to welcome aboard this week. Over on Lewis Street we have White Wolf Enterprise with April Lugo. April has years of experience in alternative healing practices, distillation of essential oils, and metaphysical study and application. White Wolf houses three businesses: Howling Down the Moon Holistic Healing,offering a variety of complementary healing practices; Soltara Essences, which is a local essential oil company; and Metaphysical Arts Institute, offering unlimited learning opportunities explaining the unexplainable. White Wolf is located above The Club on Lewis Street. They have hours of operation to suit your busy schedule. Call (970) 261-5200 or e-mail April with questions at april@whitewolfapril.com. Welcome to the Chamber.

It is renewal week for some long-term members: Rocky Mountain Balloon Adventures with Mike Marchand; Roy Vega and Hometown Insurance Professionals; and The Malt Shoppe celebrating being in business for over 20 years. Congratulations to Allan and Marilyn Bunch.

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