Jim Hand spent $35,000 to upgrade lighting in both of his buildings, and got back all but $4,000 in rebates. He also saved about $6,000 in energy costs over six months, “so I’ve got my investment back.” Hand Motors expects to save $30,000 a year in energy costs through such initiatives including installation of new lighting throughout the store; and adding motion detectors and programmable thermostats.
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In an effort to increase energy efficiency, the city of Napa, Calif., wants to deploy a new, large-scale installation of light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights. New Streetlights reported on the project and said the city previously installed approximately 300 LED streetlights through a pilot program, and it’s success to save on energy and costs, is encouraging Napa city officials to approve a complete overhaul of its streetlights.
Auto dealerships consume on average more energy per square foot than a typical office building: using about 110 kBTU/sqft compared to prime office space at 93 kBTU (source: National Automobile Dealers Association). This can mean thousands of dollars in energy costs for the typical dealership each year.
In an effort to reduce is $2 million yearly electric bill, Blue Diamond Growers installed energy efficient lighting at a processing plant in Sacramento, California. By upgrading to more efficient lighting solutions, the company can save on its energy costs and receive approximately $488,000 in rebates
Xcel Energy surpassed energy savings goals set by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC). According to Fierce Energy, the company exceeded its savings goal by 22% as part of its 2012 energy efficiency program. As a result of the energy savings goals, customers saved 401 million kilowatt hours – a record for the company. Xcel has surpassed PUC savings goals every year since 2009
Indiana University announced the Student Sustainability Council’s first University Lighting upgrades project funded by its Sustainability Fund, which was created from student donations. Motion-sensing, energy efficient lighting in one of the campus’ stairwells will be installed, the university said. Ballantine Hall will receive the lighting upgrades in an effort to promote campus-wide energy efficiency through the student fund.
Mack Technologies in Massachusetts completed a light-emitting diode (LED) retrofit project to reduce energy consumption. The project is the largest LED lighting installation of its kind in a New England manufacturing facility. A total of 2,600 LED fixtures were installed in the manufacturer’s facility and several hundred high-performance bulbs were placed in the company’s offices
The city of St. Clair, Michigan will continue to brighten its streets with additional LED streetlights, according to C and G News. Many mercury vapor streetlights in the city’s northern neighborhoods were replaced with LEDs in 2012 after the city received funding from an Energy Optimization Rebate and partnership with DTE Energy.