Energy Savings Take Off at Gander International Airport

Working with takeCHARGE, a joint-initiative between Newfoundland Power and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, Gander International Airport made energy-efficient upgrades that are saving them over $9,000 a year in electricity costs.

Gander International Airport has made history multiple times since the first plane landed there in 1938. Over the past 80 years, its historic international lounge has been visited by Elvis Presley, Muhammad Ali and Winston Churchill. Gander was also the first stop in North America for the Beatles. More recently, the airport and the entire town of Gander, made headlines when they welcomed 38 jets and cared for 7,000 passengers on September 11, 2001.

The international lounge has retained much of its décor, furniture and charm from the times it hosted Frank Sinatra, but it was decided that the lighting needed a makeover. “It took two weeks and a lift to change out the fluorescent bulbs,” explained Reg Wright, CEO, Gander Airport. The answer to frequent bulb changes – long lasting LED tube lighting! The fluorescent bulbs needed to be replaced every two to three years. The LED lights used in the upgrade will last much longer.

The airport landed $7,800 in rebates for the LED lighting upgrade in the lounge. With the savings in electricity costs, this project will pay for itself in less than six months! Things are also looking bright in the airport’s Fire Hall. All of the lighting in the Fire Hall was replaced with LEDs, saving $2,400 in electricity costs.

“The takeCHARGE team was extremely helpful. They showed us where we were losing energy and money,” says Wright. “They helped us with this project every step of the way.”

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