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Country Ridge Stables

A Small Business Project
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PROJECT SNAPSHOT: Country Ridge Stables
Energy-saving improvements
  • Wall-mounted occupancy sensor
  • LED fixtures
  • Outdoor: photocells
  • Outdoor: LED fixtures
Estimated annual energy savings 29,000 kWh
Total project cost $31,361
ComEd Energy Efficiency Program Incentive $18,743
Project cost after incentive $12,618
Estimated annual electric cost savings $3,100
Estimated payback after incentives 4.1 years

Project Summary

Country Ridge Stables is a state-of-the-art hunter/ jumper horse boarding and training facility located in Mundelein, IL.

As a result of their project through the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program, Country Ridge Stables was able to improve working conditions, enhance air quality, create a safer, well-lit working environment and lower their energy bill by more than 20%.

A detailed assessment of the facility was conducted by ComEd and an authorized Energy Efficiency Service Provider. Financial incentives helped offset the costs to install new lighting for the stable's aisles, hay barn and arena, as well as new LED exterior lighting.

“The horses receive even better care since the crew can see and examine the horses much better. No nicks or cuts are missed”, commented owner and CEO, Ann Marie Santowski.

The Solution

The assessment revealed that replacing exhaust fans with enhanced ventilation would improve the air quality within the stables and arena. Pipe insulation for the hot water heating system and new ENERGY STAR® certified freezers used to store ice wraps for the horses' feet could improve the energy efficiency of the stable as well.

Newly lit entryways, with 24-hour emergency lights and an installation of photocells created a safer environment for staff and horse alike. Amanda Santowski, a frequent rider, pointed out that, “some horses can be sensitive to the shadows in the corners of the arena. The new brighter lights eliminate that from happening.”

Project Benefits

Just four months after the completion of the improvements, Country Ridge Stables has decreased their monthly energy bills by an average of 23% per month. Their total monthly energy consumption for those four months was reduced by 20% when compared to the same period in 2015. The total savings for these four months was $870.62, which is $23.45 greater than the amount of their average monthly electric bill in 2016.

“The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program helped us save money and brighten up with a better quality of light,” said Ann Marie. “The incentives helped us complete more work than we could have done on our own. And we definitely liked the team. Rain, sleet, or snow—they were here, all in a day’s work.”

“The program helped us save money and brighten up with a better quality of light; the incentives helped us complete more work than we could have done on our own.”

Ann Marie Santowski
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