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.