Onalaska – When Misty’s Dance Unlimited outgrew its studio after 20 years teaching kids, the Onalaska business put careful thought into its expansion plans.
The design-build process took 18 months and allowed the studio owner to weigh in on the entire project from beginning to end with the builder, Borton Construction, and sub-contractors like Paul’s Heating Onalaska and P&T Electric.
P&T is a Focus on Energy Trade Ally contractor and had worked with Misty’s Dance Unlimited on past projects. The contractor worked with the dance studio on an electricity and lighting design that offered incentives through Focus on Energy’s Business Incentives program. The projects also added value for the long term.
“When they introduced us to the Focus on Energy program, it was an easy decision. We are planning on being in this building for a lifetime, so it only makes sense to invest in energy efficiency on the front side,” said owner Misty Lown.
Misty’s Dance Unlimited received Focus on Energy incentives of $2,434 for choosing energy-efficient LEDs that beautifully light the studio and dancers and for investing in energy-efficient rooftop HVAC units. Misty’s electric utility, Xcel Energy, offers a 50-percent bonus incentive for businesses that take advantage of Focus on Energy programs, bringing the total incentives to more than $3,500.
In the first year, the business will save 29,541 kilo-watts of electricity, which equates to 24,000 pounds of burned coal.
“Thank you to Focus on Energy for helping business owners to think and act long term,” Misty added.
About Focus on Energy
Focus on Energy is Wisconsin utilities' statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource program funded by the state's investor-owned energy utilities and participating municipal and electric cooperative utilities. Focus on Energy works with eligible Wisconsin residents and businesses to install cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Focus on Energy information, resources and financial incentives help to implement projects that otherwise would not be completed. Its efforts help Wisconsin residents and businesses manage rising energy costs, promote in-state economic development, protect our environment and control Wisconsin's growing demand for electricity and natural gas. For more information call 800.762.7077 or visit focusonenergy.com.
About Misty’s Dance Unlimited
From your child’s first class to their graduation performance, MDU has a class for everyone. MDU specializes in beginners of all ages and offers training through professional levels. MDU also prides itself on helping its students develop important life skills: learning to be respectful, confident and conscientious young people who share their gifts and talents with the community.
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