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February 3, 2022

Lighting project saving energy at Fitchburg food manufacturer

Photo | Courtesy of UTZ Quality Food UTZ Quality Foods, a snack food manufacturer in Fitchburg

UTZ Quality Foods, a snack food manufacturer with a Fitchburg facility, is becoming more energy efficient, thanks to a project run by Unitil Corp., a New Hampshire-based natural gas company.

According to a Thursday announcement, the power saving project focuses primarily on light fixtures and is part of Unitil’s ongoing campaign to actively reach out to businesses and help them become more energy conscious and efficient.

During the project at UTZ Quality Foods, Unitil replaced 141 fluorescent lights with 137 LED fixtures, which included a mix of high bay, recessed and strip lighting.

The new light fixtures are projected to save the manufacturer 54,000 kWh in electricity annually. This reduction is equivalent to the average annual usage of seven residential homes, according to the release.

The project also qualified for a $53,000 energy efficiency rebate which offset the project costs.

“It’s NSF-approved lighting, which is an independent certification standard, that not
only saves energy, but makes for a much-improved work environment throughout all the
departments in the plant,” said Greg Krysiak, plant manager of UTZ’s Fitchburg facility.

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