Case Study

Treu House of Munch

Facility type: Distribution Center, Northwood, OH

Work Performed: Lighting Renovation


Treu House of Munch is a local Toledo based beverage distributor that has been in business since 1875 with over 100 employees and serves 1,200 retail customers in the Ohio counties of Lucas, Wood, Fulton and Ottawa. The company is committed to offering environmentally sound, sustainable, and innovative solutions that continually reduce the impact on the environment and considers energy efficiency a cornerstone to their green strategy.


In 2014, Treu House of Munch were interested in identifying ways to reduce energy consumption while improving the quality of light for added safety and security in their Northwood, OH distribution center. Specific goals with respect to energy savings, project payback, and light levels were paramount to the project.


The energy efficient lighting project incorporated LED fixtures that were designed to better distribute light in the narrow aisle ways of the facility coolers. Occupancy sensors were also incorporated to reduce the operating hours of fixtures during non-occupied periods in specific areas of the facility. This was very helpful in reducing load as it operates 24/7 during the year. The solution was not simply a one-for-one fixture upgrade but was based upon an engineering grade audit conducted prior to project implementation. The audit led to a comprehensive plan to re-design lighting that helped eliminate unnecessary fixtures in order to maximize energy savings while meeting all lighting quality and safety objectives. We also were able to retrofit their T12 fluorescent strips in the Mezzanine with LED plug and play lamps that provide 360 degree coverage as the tips for these fixtures were stationary and normal lamps would not have worked in this application. Using our expertise, this saved a lot, and could be installed by the maintenance staff instead of requiring the services of an electrical contractor. This made a big savings on installation costs. Both the design/audit and implementation phases of the project were performed by Wholesale Lighting LLC.


The project exceeded the client’s expectations in regards to reductions in energy demand and consumption over the first year.

Annual Operating Savings (Energy & Maintenance) - Estimated at $62,285.00 per year

Annual Consumption Savings – Estimated at 473,086 kWh per year

Reduced Billings

Coupled with $45,000 in rebates earned from a rebate program offered by local utility provider Toledo Edison, the project delivered total energy savings of $62,285 for the first year. This project also allowed Treu House of Munch to qualify for a substantial tax deduction of $79,800 under federal EPAct laws, which accelerated the total project payback period to less than 6 months.

Payback Period (yrs)1.3
Net Present Value ($)430,163
Internal Rate of Return132.88

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