Allegra Print & Imaging Pittsburgh

Local small business owner Dave Jones helps Allegra Pittsburgh take the necessary first steps to go green. Allegra Pittsburgh is a full-service marketing communications provider offering strategic marketing planning, graphic design, and full color printing including banners, posters and promotional products along with mailing services.

Allegra occupies a single story brick and block building located in the Crafton area of Pittsburgh. The building encompasses approximately 10,000 SF. One half of the building houses general office space, a conference room, pre-press design area and printing area. The other half of the building houses the main production area.

Concerned about increasing energy costs, Mr. Jones was referred to the environmental consultant with the Environmental Management Assistance Program (EMAP) at the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) by Catalyst Connection.

The EMAP consultant conducted an on-site energy assessment and identified a variety of energy savings opportunities including but not limited to lighting fixture upgrades.

Mr. Jones elected to implement lighting upgrades throughout the entire facility. Lighting improvements will include replacement of 100 T-12 fluorescent lighting fixtures with magnetic ballasts to high efficiency T-8 fluorescent lighting fixtures with electronic ballasts.

The environmental consultant informed Mr. Jones of the potential opportunity available to him with through the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Small Business Advantage Grant SBAG. The environmental consultant assisted Mr. Jones with completing and submitting the grant application. The completed application request of $7,500 was submitted to DEP in October 2010. Mr. Jones received project approval in December 2010.

These upgrades are anticipated to result in annual savings of 42,800 kWh of electricity for a total annual cost savings of over $4,200. In addition to the annual savings on kWh and the associated economics, the upgrade will reduce greenhouse emissions by 28 tons annually. Payback for this project will be just 1.8 years.