Wojanis Hydraulic Supply Company, Inc.

Wojanis Supply Company, Inc. is a distributor of parts and equipment used in the hydraulics and pneumatics industry. Wojanis is housed in a story and a half former warehouse-type facility encompassing approximately 10,000 SF. One half of the building houses general office space including a conference room. The other half of the building houses the main production/shop area, storage and shipping and receiving.

Concerned about increasing energy costs, Ms. Simcic was referred to the environmental consultant with the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) Environmental Management Assistance Program (EMAP) 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.

Wojanis elected to implement lighting upgrades in both the warehouse and the inventory parts storage area. Lighting improvements included replacing/upgrading four incandescent exit signs to high efficiency LED fixtures, replacing 18 T-12 lighting fixtures with magnetic ballasts to high efficiency T-8 lighting fixtures with electronic ballasts and replacing 19 400 watt metal halide fixtures with high efficiency T-5 fixtures.

The environmental consultant informed Wojanis of the potential opportunity available to them with through the Department of Environmental Protection’s Small Business Advantage Grant. The environmental consultant assisted Wojanis with completing their grant application. The application request of $5,566 was submitted to DEP in October 2010. Wojanis received approval in December 2010. All of the upgrades have been completed. Wojanis is extremely satisfied with the improvements and looking for more ways to conserve.

Lighting upgrades/improvements included replacing all of the existing metal halides; T-12’s and exit signs with high efficiency T-5, T-8 and LED fixtures, respectively.

These upgrades are anticipated to result in annual savings of over 16,450 kWh of electricity for a total cost savings of over $1,800 annually. In addition to the annual savings on kWh and the associated economics, the upgrade resulted in emissions reductions of over 11 tons annually.