Lighting retrofit earns Children’s Hospital of SA rebate of $399,000

You probably remember hearing it as a child: “Turn off the lights, you’re wasting energy!”

As CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System transforms its historic downtown location – well known for its beautiful mural of an angel covering the entire southern wall – to the first freestanding children’s hospital in San Antonio, turning off the lights is not an option. Keeping the lights on — in many places 24 hours a day — is crucial to what they do.

But hospital administrators still wanted to find ways to reduce energy costs, so they turned to CPS Energy.

In May, with the help of Mike Tyler, a commercial account manager with CPS Energy, the hospital began a six-month process to change out its existing lighting to more energy efficient options: compact fluorescent lights (CFL) and light emitting diodes (LED).

CHRISTUS renamed the downtown landmark the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. It will be focused on serving our community’s youngest patients. The hospital system invested $1.9 million to swap out 2,890 bulbs with CFLs and LEDs and upgrade  wiring. The upgrades will save nearly 2.5 million kilowatt hours annually, enough to power 188 typical San Antonio homes for a year.

The hospital system is expected to save roughly $150,000 annually in energy costs, and the lighting retrofit also earned a rebate from CPS Energy.

Today, CPS Energy will present the hospital with a rebate check for $398,972.80.

Lighting rebates are part of CPS Energy’s Save for Tomorrow Energy Plan or STEP program, aimed at reducing 771 megawatts (the output of an entire power plant) of electricity by the year 2020. The program offers rebates to CPS Energy commercial customers for upgrading existing lighting to high efficiency lighting. That reduces electrical use in our community, helping CPS Energy achieve its 2020 goal.

And that’s not all.

CPS Energy offers a wide variety of rebate options for both commercial and residential customers designed to encourage customers to reduce energy use and save money. For more information on how you can get started, visit — but until then, remember: turn off the lights when you leave the room!

Tracy Idell Hamilton

Tracy Idell Hamilton was part of the Corporate Communications team at CPS Energy.

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