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Sportsmans Bowl Schenectady, N.Y.

Sportsmans Bowl, a National Grid electricity customer, is a family oriented business that has been home to generations of bowlers for more than 50 years. Like most modern bowling centers, this facility has long operating hours and electricity service is a significant business expense.

Energy Efficiency Profile

In 2009, National Grid's Small Business Direct Install Program vendor, RISE Engineering, contacted the Sportsmans Bowl's owners about how to save money on its electric bills. RISE conducted a free energy assessment of the building and recommended upgrading the lighting to high-efficiency T8 fluorescent fixtures. The resulting energy savings, combined with financial incentives from National Grid that covered 70 percent of the equipment and installation costs, enabled the Sportsmans Bowl to recoup its investment in just seven months and reduce its electricity expenses by more than $40,000 over the next six years.

As a result of technological advances, in 2015 RISE again upgraded the Sportsmans Bowl's lighting, this time replacing all of the interior, exterior and parking lot lights with state-of-the art LED fixtures. This retrofit improved the overall lighting quality and is projected to reduce electricity costs by more than $60,000 over five years. The upgrade to LED will also produce about $1,800 in average annual maintenance savings over the lifetime of the lights.


Save energy, reduce electricity expenses and maintenance costs, and improve the quality of the facility’s interior and exterior lighting.


Lighting Retrofits

  • Replaced 188 fluorescent fixtures with LED troffers, including:
    • 97 over the lanes, more evenly distributing light for a better bowling experience
    • 23 over the pin-setting machines, creating a safer working environment
  • Replaced 23 interior incandescent lamps with LED lamps
  • Replaced 13 metal halide and 2 incandescent fixtures with LED on the exterior, improving safety and security in the parking lot and around the building



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