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Written by Hector Huerta   
Sunday, 31 October 2010 12:25





Warnors Theatre, a Vintage Fresno Landmark, Receives Lighting Upgrade


Michael Caglia, Facility Manager, in front of the Warnors Theatre.

On October 28, 1928, Alexander Pantages opened his Pantage Theatre at Fulton

and Tuolumne streets in downtown Fresno. The theatre was renamed the Warnor’s Theatre and has been owned and operated by the Caglia family of Fresno since 1973.  This vintage and well-known landmark building in downtown Fresno received assortment of modern lighting upgrades through the Fresno Energy Watch Program in September.


Listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, special attention and care was taken to insure historical integrity was not compromised.  Working closely with Michael Caglia, Jason Guenther, Energy Advisor, and Dan Manfredi, Operations Manager, made sure all lighting products and installation work met the high standard of workmanship required for this unique project.  At the completion of the project, Michael Cagia stated he was very satisfied with the work performed by the Installation Technicians.


Over the course of five days in excess of 1,000 individual bulbs and 29 LED Exit Signs were installed throughout the building by a team of four RHA Installation Technicians.


Energy efficient lights in the center aisle leading to the theatre's organ.


View of dome ceiling showing the band of colored lights illuminating the ceiling
Pictured are the colored cold cathode lamps that were installed in the theatre's dome ceiling.










The key products that were installed include the 680-5W and 94-3W red and blue colored cold cathode bulbs which replaced 25 & 15 watt incandescent light bulbs that were being used as back lighting in the theatre’s dome ceiling.  White colored lamps were installed in aisle ways and lobby areas.  Other lighting upgrades installed through the theater included:

  • 23W  Compact Fluorescent Spiral lamps
  • 15W R-30 Compact Fluorescent flood lamps
  • 100W Compact Fluorescent Spiral lamps
  • 42W Compact Fluorescent Spiral lamps
  • 23W Par-38 Compact Fluorescent flood lamps

“I am glad the Fresno Energy Watch program was able to come to the Warnor’s Theatre to help and service the building,” stated Michael Caglia. Michael was so pleased with the results of the installation work that he referred a business associate to the Energy Watch Program.

The estimated gross kWh savings for the Warnor’s project is 144,993 kWh while the estimated cost savings to the owners of the Warnor’s Theatre is $24,649 per year.


What is a cold cathode?  A cold cathode light is a tubular light that works by passing an electrical current through a gas or vapor, much like neon lighting. Cold cathode lights can come in many sizes and colors, and there are many advantages over neon and fluorescent lighting.  (Source:

Incandescent bulbs characteristically generate a lot of heat while cold cathodes operate at the ambient room temperature.

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Some cold cathode lamps are substantially smaller and generally more energy efficient than standard fluorescent bulbs.

Cold Cathode bulbs offer several advantages:

  • They have a very long lamp life,
  • They come in various colors
  • They're dimmable, and
  • They can be used in situations where lamps are dimmed or turned off/on frequently
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 19:08
Energy Makeover Article PDF Print E-mail
Written by Hector Huerta   
Tuesday, 12 October 2010 10:23

Mayor Swearengin credits Fresno Energy Watch for saving small businesses money

City of Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin voiced support for The Fresno Energy Watch program on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 during The Fresno Small Business Energy Makeover event.  The event was held in the sales floor of the Family

Mayor Ashley Swearengin promotes the Energy Watch program at the Fresno Small Business Energy Makeover on October 5, 2010.
Fashions clothing store located on the Fulton Mall.  Owner Sang (Sam) Lee and store manager Daisy Tafolla were on hand as the mayor, joined by Shannon Monis-Koontz, PG&E; Paul Johnson, Executive Director of the San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization; and Joseph Oldham, manager of the Sustainable Fresno program, all spoke about how becoming energy efficient can help small businesses save energy, reduce operating costs, improve the appearance of their business and become environmentally responsible.

The Small Business Energy Makeover event highlighted the Fresno Energy Watch’s marketing efforts to enroll qualified small businesses into the program city-wide.  Sam Lee and several of his business neighbors received a walk-through energy survey, an Initial Energy Fitness report that included recommendations for becoming more energy efficient and installation of energy efficient lighting upgrades to their retail businesses.  All services and products were provided at no-cost to the businesses.  As a result, each business will immediately begin to use less energy to power their interior lights.

RHA Installation Technicians replace inefficient T8 lights at Family Fashions.
“The Energy Makeover Program is a way for small businesses to help both their bottom line and help the environment,” said Mayor Swearengin.

The installation at Family Fashions consisted of the removal

4-foot T-12 linear tubes and ballast plus the replacement of

4-foot, T-8, 32-watt linear tubes exhibiting significant lumen depreciation.  Lighting upgrades included installation of:

  • 278 third-generation 4-foot, T-8 25-watt linear fluorescent tubes
  • Eight 8-foot T-8 linear tubes with electronic ballasts
  • 16-Compact Fluorescent Lamps
  • 20 4-foot, T-8 linear tubes and electronic ballasts

Energy savings from the lighting upgrades are estimated to total 14,528 kWh per year, while the reduction in energy costs is estimated at $2,760 per year for the Family Fashions Store.  Richard Heath & Associates, Inc. (RHA) is the direct install contractor for the Fresno Energy Watch Program.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 October 2010 07:52
Food Bank PDF Print E-mail
Written by Hector Huerta   
Tuesday, 28 September 2010 11:08



(Pictured above: L to R, Graham Wahlberg, DDG; Chris Proctor, RHA; Bob Reyes, CFB; Cam Maloy, PGE; Hector Huerta, RHA; Carson Bayless, DDG)


Helping Those Who Help Others

On July 13th, RHA along with PGE recognized the Community Food Bank for its participation in the Energy Watch Program.  Cam Maloy, PGE Business Solutions and Service representative, presented Bob Reyes, Interim CEO, with a symbolic check for $43,975.  This amount represents the estimated annual utility bill savings and value of new energy efficient lighting installed at the Community Food Bank’s facility.  Playing an instrumental role in enrolling the leased facility in the Fresno Energy Watch program were Carson Bayless and Graham Wahlberg of Diversified Development Group.

The installation project consisted of replacing 97-400w Metal Halide fixtures with 4-lamp, T-5 High Bay fixture with reflectors.  Other project features included delamping of 8-Metal Halide fixtures, replacement of 4-foot T-12 linear lights and installation of screw-in reflector CFL lamps.  Installation work was completed in three days by RHA Installation Technicians under the supervision of Chris Proctor, Program Manager.  All materials and labor were provided to the Community Food Bank at no cost under the Fresno Energy Watch Program.  The Fresno Energy Watch Program is administered by Pacific Gas and Electric Company under the auspices of the CPUC.

The Community Food Bank serves the counties of Fresno, Madera and Kings.  The Food Bank has been setting new food distribution records in 2010.  According to Dayatra Latin, Director of Programs and Development, upwards of 90,000 people are served weekly in the three county area.  In May alone a record 28.2 million pounds of food was distributed.  This is double the annual goal of 14 million pounds of food.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 08:24
Downtown Event PDF Print E-mail
Written by Hector Huerta   
Tuesday, 28 September 2010 10:53

The Fresno Energy Watch Program is helping small businesses become energy efficient

If you operate a small business, of any type, in downtown Fresno, and the Fulton Mall in particular, a special effort is under way to help your business become more energy efficient.  The Fresno Energy Watch, in collaboration with the City of Fresno and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), is seeking to increase awareness about the Fresno Energy Watch Program and enroll eligible small businesses in the Program.  Enrolled businesses will receive the following:tmpphpXIWdaW

  • A walk-through energy assessment of their facility that provides energy efficiency and conservation tips
  • A written recommendation containing a list of lighting upgrades that replace existing lighting to improve the energy efficiency and appearance of interior and exterior lighting systems. 

The program goal is to educate PG&E customers on how they can reduce their energy use and install lighting products that are more energy efficient.  Lighting products include:

  • Retrofitting T12 ballasts and linear tubes to energy efficient T8 or T5 linear tubes and ballasts
  • Installing LED exit signs
  • Changing out inefficient incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs or other energy efficient luminaries, high bay T8 and T5 fixtures and exterior wall packs. 

In most cases all program services are provided at no-cost to the business operator.


Several small businesses operating on the Fulton Mall have already enrolled in the Fresno Energy Watch Program and will be showcased in the Fresno Small Business Energy Makeover Event on Tuesday, October 5, 2010.  Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin will be speaking on the Fulton Mall at 10 am at this event highlighting the efforts of the Fresno Energy Watch Program.

Any business operating within the City of Fresno is encouraged to contact the Fresno Energy Watch Program to obtain more information on how to become more energy efficient and how to save on their energy bills.  Call us at 1-866-388-8820.


Last Updated on Thursday, 30 September 2010 09:18