Fight Flu Season: Special Pricing on Disinfectants, Hand Soaps & Sanitizers

This past weekend marked the official start to the Fall season, and along with the onset of cooler weather and changing scenery comes a less fortunate seasonal occurrence—flu season. According to the CDC, flu activity begins to increase in the months of October and November, and activity peaks typically between December and February. That said, there are preventative actions—and products—that can help you fight this flu season, and we’re here to help.

“Preventative actions to stop the spread of germs” is one of CDC’s “Take 3 Actions to Fight the Flu” in 2018. Some of those preventative actions include:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water; and if soap and water are not available, using an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

In the context of work, what other preventative measures does the CDC recommend to stop the spread of germs, such as those that cause the flu? A few of those include:

  • Finding out about your employer’s plans if an outbreak of the flu or another illness occurs, as well as whether flu vaccinations are offered on-site.
  • Routinely cleaning objects and surfaces that are frequently touched, including doorknobs, keyboards, and phones, to help remove germs.
  • Making sure your workplace has an adequate supply of tissues, soap, paper towels, alcohol-based hand sanitizers, and disposable wipes.

In line with these recommendations and in preparation for the upcoming flu season, we’re holding a special promotion on a variety of disinfectants, cleaners, hand soaps and sanitizers—all from trusted industry brands like Purell, Lysol, Dial, and Clorox!

BUT HURRY – Promotional pricing only lasts through September 30, 2018, so don’t miss your chance to stock up on these essentials to effectively fight the flu this season!

For more information on this special or to place an order, please call +(313)924-0696, email, or fill out the form below!

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Straits Lighting LED Special Pricing

LED Promotion September 2018

We’re following up last week’s post on remaining 2018 LED Rebates & Incentives with a special promotion on select DLC-qualified LED products from Straits Lighting!

Our special pricing on these long-lasting, energy-efficient LEDs is for a limited time, and with less than 15% of available DTE Energy electric rebate funds left to reserve before the Program Year ends on November 30, 2018, don’t miss your chance to invest in leaner, greener LED fixtures that will maximize your cost- and energy-savings, while drastically improving your company’s sustainability and bottom line – the perfect way to cap off 2018!

To request a quote, inquire about applicable rebates, or to set up a FREE on-site lighting consultation, fill out the form below!

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Last Chance: CASH Incentives for LED Lighting Upgrades / DTE Energy Electric Service Area

Source: DTE Energy, 2018

To our customers in Southeast Michigan serviced by DTE Energy Electric Services: 

Don’t miss your chance to leverage the remaining 2018 rebates and incentives for the installation of energy efficient lighting upgrades in your facility! From simple lighting upgrades to major system redesigns and new construction projects, it’s not too late to take advantage of incentives that will drastically reduce your upfront costs, while improving your company’s sustainability and bottom line for years to come.

With incentives awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and less than 15% of available electric rebate funds left to reserve before the 2018 Program Year ends on November 30, 2018, now’s the time to secure funding for leaner, greener LED lighting upgrades.

And, through October 31, 2018, DTE Energy is offering increased savings values PLUS a 40% bonus on the Base Incentive Rate for all T12 fixtures upgraded to DLC-certified* LED fixtures and retrofit kits – a limited time offer you won’t want to miss!

Let Amerisource & Our Partners Help You Light Your Way to Savings!

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Here’s How We’ll Help:

Lighting incentives vary across projects, including the quantity, size, and efficiency of fixtures utilized; however, when you partner with us, we’ll remove the hassle and complexities often attributed to rebate programs, providing you with convenient access to the quality, competitively-priced LED products you expect, along with the resources, expertise, and project support to effectively maximize cost- and energy-saving outcomes of your lighting upgrade project. The process will look something like this:

  • Determine Eligibility
    • To be eligible to receive lighting incentives from DTE Energy, you must be a DTE Energy business customer in good standing.
  • Lighting Audit
    • We’ve partnered with Straits Lighting, a leading LED lighting manufacturer based out of Wixom, MI, to provide our customers serviced by DTE Energy Electric Services access to a free lighting audit, which will determine the right energy efficient lighting solution for your facility, maximizing cost- and energy-saving opportunities while identifying and processing applicable rebates and incentives to offset upfront costs.
  • Reservation Application
    • Once you’ve approved the lighting project measures, we’ll complete your Reservation Application—from filling out the product specifications, to the number of fixtures, and kW reduction per fixture—to calculate your exact incentives and secure those funds.
  • Installation
    • Upon receiving project approval from DTE Energy, installation may begin. The project must be completed within 90 days of the date indicated on your Reservation Letter, confirming that DTE Energy is holding your incentives for 90 days or until November 30, 2018—whichever comes first.
  • Completion/Final Application
    • Once your project is complete, we’ll submit your Final Application to DTE Energy, including all required documentation and following compliance procedures (within 60 days of the completion date or by November 30, 2018, whichever comes first). Required documentation will be reviewed and evaluated by DTE Energy to ensure program compliance.
  • Incentive Checks
    • Incentive checks can be expected 4-6 weeks after project approval.
*Note:  DTE Energy may perform pre- or post-installation inspections to verify compliance with the program and verify the accuracy of your project.

Why Upgrade to LED Now?

  • Drastically Reduce Project Costs w/ Applicable Rebates & Incentives
    • DTE incentives are available in 3 categories: Prescriptive, Custom, and New Construction/Major Renovation.
      • Prescriptive incentives are based on predetermined energy savings and are available for many common energy efficiency measures, typically averaging 20-50% of the incremental cost of the equipment or services provided.
      • Custom incentives include capital investment projects not outlined in the Prescriptive incentives, typically due to less common or more complex technologies and equipment. Lighting incentives are determined on a case-by-case basis and are based on the first year of energy savings (kWh), with incentives being capped off at 50% of project costs.
      • New Construction/Major Renovation incentives are available for new facilities, the renovation of existing facilities, or a change of use project. Depending on the project approach, incentives may be predetermined to optimize the energy efficiency of individual systems or based on energy savings validated by LEED.
    • Improve ROI
      • According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), energy-efficient lighting upgrades represent the highest return on investment of any single-technology project, with an average ROI of 45 percent. These upgrades pay for themselves on average in 2.2 years, and the payback continues over the lifetime of the system through reduced energy and maintenance costs. As noted, rebates and incentives will inherently offset upfront costs, and beyond initial savings, can improve payback by 20-25%.
    • Decrease Energy & Maintenance Costs
      • Lighting accounts for 20% to 50% of the average business’ electricity consumption. On the bright side, that means you can enjoy significant savings — often 40-60% on energy costs — by making simple lighting improvements. Plus, new, energy efficient lighting systems require less maintenance than older lighting systems due to enhanced technology, longer lifespans, and easier replacement methods—all of which yields savings on maintenance as well.
    • Improve Your Facility’s Lighting Quality
      • In addition to savings on energy and maintenance, lighting upgrades improve the overall lighting quality of your facility by delivering higher lighting levels, more evenly distributed light, and improved color rendering. Said improvements have been tied to improved worker productivity (Cornell University) and safety outcomes (Occupation Health & Safety).
    • Help Protect the Environment
      • By 2027, the use of LED lighting could save up to 348 terawatts of energy compared to no LED use. That is the annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants in the United States. If achievable, that would be an energy cost savings of more than $30 billion at current pricing levels (U.S. Department of Energy).

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Don’t wait! As stated, funds for DTE’s Energy Efficiency Program for Business are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and with limited funding remaining for the 2018 Program Year, now is your chance to reserve the incentives that will leave you with cost-effective, energy-efficient lighting system that improves your business’ bottom line—the perfect way to cap off 2018!

For more information on DTE Energy’s available lighting rebates or to set up a lighting audit at your facility, fill out the contact form below!

*Note:  Lighting incentives outlined in this article are available exclusively to customers serviced by DTE Energy Electric Services.

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DTE’s Energy Efficiency Program for Business 2018 Catalog

DTE Energy 2018 T12 40% Bonus Overview

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An Online Platform for Fast, Convenient, Price Competitive Purchasing

With the ever-increasing demand for digital platforms and solutions, Amerisource has made it our mission to maximize our value by leveraging additional channels, tools and technology that will enhance the customer experience, both traditionally and online.

On that note, our recently redesigned website features a fresh, fully responsive design, along with access to our new Amerisource Virtual Hardware:  an e-commerce platform designed to accommodate our customers’ desire for fast, flexible product purchases at the best prices available, all with just a few clicks. From production-critical spot buys to housewares and home improvement items, our new platform has everything you need in one convenient location: 

Here’s an overview of what to expect:

(1) Vast Product Catalog / Enhanced Data:

The online product catalog features over 67,000 items along with significantly enhanced product data, allowing you to browse by product category, sub-category, preferred brand, and/or price range. Plus, with ‘Item Comparison,’ you can compare the data of 2 or more similar products to make the most informed purchasing decisions.

(2) Low Prices / Featured Specials:

To save you both time and money, we set our Amerisource Virtual Hardware prices low, while also adding a ‘Specials’ tab to help you quickly navigate to our featured budget-saving deals.

(3) Fast, Flexible, Convenient Purchasing:

With the ability to make purchases 24/7/365 and pay by credit card through our secure online checkout, the Amerisource Virtual Hardware promotes faster, more flexible and convenient purchasing from us than ever before!

Why wait?  Check it out now!

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The Top Benefits of Making the Switch to LED Lighting


A light emitting diode, or LED, is a form of solid state lighting that uses a semiconductor to convert electricity into light. Known for being energy-efficient, durable, and easy to maintain, LED is one of today’s most rapidly-developing lighting technologies and, as such, continues to gain traction in a wide variety of commercial, industrial, and residential lighting applications.

As the prices of LED bulbs continue to drop due to advances in manufacturing technology, organizations are increasingly leveraging the energy- and cost-saving benefits of LED installations. Plus, with a number of utility providers and government agencies offering LED rebates to expedite its adoption on a national scale, project economics are more supported than ever before. Here, we’ll break down the top benefits of making the switch to LED lighting.


While LEDs’ initial purchase price tends to be higher than that of CFLs and incandescent bulbs, the savings derived from reduced energy usage, significantly fewer replacements and less needed maintenance end up saving you more over their lifetime. Plus, with LED prices dropping more than 85% in recent years, making the switch is easier and more cost-effective than previously, also with a much shorter payback period.


When a CFL breaks, the mercury contained inside the bulb engenders an entire protocol for keeping the work environment safe and free of its toxic effects. With that said, unlike CFLs, LEDs do not contain mercury whatsoever and are also manufactured to resist vibrations and impact damage, making them particularly durable, safer to handle and less harmful to the environment.

Longer Lasting:

Modern LEDs have an average rated life of up to 50,000 hours, which is 5 times longer than a typical CFL’s lifespan (avg. 10,000 hours) and over 40 times longer than that of incandescent bulbs (avg. 1,200 hours). A longer lifespan helps to improve your bottom line by reducing maintenance and replacement costs.

Energy-Efficient / Eco-Friendly:

LEDs require significantly fewer watts of electricity from their power supply to produce the same levels of brightness as incandescents and CFLs (the brightness in lumens generated from a 60W incandescent is equivalent to a 14W CFL and a 7W LED). Reducing energy usage not only benefits your enterprise by lowering utility costs, but also positively impacts our environment by reducing carbon dioxide, sulfur oxide, and high-level nuclear waste emissions in the atmosphere.

Lower Heat Output:

Not only do LEDs use less energy than alternative lighting sources, but more of what they do consume goes toward light generation as opposed to heat generation. More explicitly, while CFLs and incandescents release 80-90% of their energy as heat, LEDs emit very little heat. In fact, 95% of the energy used by LEDs is turned into light, with just 5% being wasted as heat. As such, LEDs prevent energy loss, do not contribute to heat buildup, and can help you save on air conditioning costs.

The Showdown:  Incandescent vs. CFL vs. LED

*Note: Prices of Bulbs & Electricity Vary

Go Green & Save Big:

  • LEDs reduce energy usage, which lowers utility costs
  • LEDs generate less heat than alternative sources, which can lower HVAC costs
  • LEDs offer an impressive lifespan that reduces labor and replacement costs

At Amerisource, we’re committed to helping our customers make the switch to efficient, cost-effective LED Lighting Solutions. To understand how a lighting upgrade could improve your company’s sustainability and bottom line, let us conduct a FREE LIGHTING AUDIT on your facility, where we’ll assess your lighting needs and available rebates. Contact us today for more information!

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