After converting another Applebee’s to energy efficient LEDs, the Rose Group continues to develop its prowess as an environmentally responsible dining franchise. The Rose Group has committed to upgrade 6 more Applebee’s family dining locations to LED lighting, in an on-going effort to reduce its energy consumption.

The Applebee’s restaurant in Doylestown, Pennsylvania is the latest Rose Group LED upgrade, reducing lighting expenses by 88%. The switch to LEDs also significantly reduces the location’s carbon footprint, further demonstrating the Rose Group’s commitment to being an environmentally responsible partner in the communities in which it operates.

Owning and operating 59 Applebee’s restaurants, the Rose Group employs over 5,000 people in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Their dedication to going green and reducing operating costs led them to LED Saving Solutions (LSS), an LED-consulting firm based out of Devon, PA. The two companies have teamed up to target areas of energy reduction opportunities for the Rose Group Applebee’s restaurant locations.

The Rose Group began their energy reduction project with its location in Newtown, Pennsylvania; upgrading the facility to energy efficient LED lighting. LSS and the Rose Group closely monitored the energy consumption of the Newtown Applebee’s for a full year before revisiting the opportunity. Upon reviewing the electricity bills and kilowatt consumption of the Newtown facility versus other similar locations, the reduction in energy was clear, and the Rose Group decided to expand on the program.

The two companies have coordinated a cost-effective installation strategy, synchronizing LED conversions with the additional facility upgrades the franchisee intends for its locations throughout 2011. The Rose Group will be targeting the dining areas of its Applebee’s restaurants, which improve the lighting and ambiance for their guests while significantly reducing utility usage.

The Doylestown Applebee’s LED upgrade will yield an investment payback of 11 months, and will abate over 630,000 lbs of CO2 over the lifetime of the LEDs as a result of reduced electrical demand. The energy efficient LEDs will reduce electricity consumption by 440,000 kWh over the lifetime of the lights, which is the equivalent of taking 53 SUVs off the road.

Many of the LEDs in the new locations are Energy Star Rated, and qualify for additional incentives from the Rose Group utility providers. The LED linear units used in the kitchen cooler areas are manufactured by LED Saving Solutions in the USA, and produce a brighter light in the colder temperatures than the original fluorescents.

LSS works closely with Applebee’s to provide LED solutions that match their existing color and light levels, in order to maintain the warm and welcoming dining ambiance. LED enhanced dining areas provide a whole new reason to drop into your neighborhood Applebee’s.

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