SOURCE: Ted's Montana Grill

October 09, 2007 13:12 ET

Ted's Montana Grill Installs Low-Voltage, Eco-Friendly Lighting

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - October 9, 2007) - Ted's Montana Grill has taken its commitment to environmental preservation and sustainable energy to the next level by replacing guest area lighting in its 51 restaurants with low-voltage light bulbs. The restaurant company -- founded by media entrepreneur and environmentalist Ted Turner and award-winning restaurateur George McKerrow Jr. -- has installed the long-lasting bulbs in the dining and bar areas, wait areas and restrooms in every Ted's Montana Grill restaurant nationwide.

Traditional bulbs are 60 watts and expend more than 262 kilowatt hours per year if used for 12 hours a day. The new bulbs at Ted's are 8 watts and expend less than 36 kilowatt hours per year. The low-watt bulbs also push costs down from more than $22 per socket per year to less than $3 per socket. While the new bulbs are more expensive -- almost $10 instead of $.50 each -- they pay for themselves in six months and will end up saving the company more than $12,000 annually, according to Ed Bazor, director of construction for the company.

"The new bulbs maintain the same warm look and feel of Ted's while lowering our energy costs. They also further our commitment to reduce energy consumption," said President/CEO McKerrow. "We're continually working to make every aspect of our restaurants as eco-friendly as possible."

In addition to its sustainable and renewable energy goals, Ted's Montana Grill is working to be 99 percent plastic-free. All menus and table covers use recycled paper, drinking straws are made with special wax-coated paper and to-go cups are made from corn starch instead of plastic.

"With our study of solar panels in Tallahassee, Fla., the recycled and recyclable products in every location, and now the low-watt bulbs, we believe that our 'Eat great. Do good.' mantra is being realized. But that doesn't mean we'll stop working at it. Ted is always encouraging us to look for new ways to reduce our consumption and to be as efficient as possible," McKerrow added.

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