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Archive for March 2013

School Saves Money with Energy Efficient Lighting

The New York State University at Albany recently invested in a new energy efficient lighting project. The project matches the “Build Smart NY” initiative created by Governor Andrew Cuomo, which aims to make state buildings 20 percent more energy efficient over the next seven years. The college will save about $704,000 annually …

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Wisconsin City Upgrades to Energy Efficient Streetlights

Cities are upgrading to energy efficient lighting to reduce costs without compromising resident safety.

Recently, many cities across the country have either considered upgrading streetlights to be more energy efficient or have already made the switch. West Allis, Wisconsin first began installing energy efficient lighting fixtures to better illuminate the city’s streets about two years ago and now plans to expand their use of the updated lights.

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Net Zero Energy Use Goal for Illinois Walgreens Store

Walgreens plans to open a net zero energy use store in Evanston, Illinois. The energy saving plans for the store will help to reduce its electricity usage by more than 40 percent with the help of the LED lighting. Engineers working with the company on the store’s development estimate the store will use 200,000 kilowatt hours per year of electricity and generate 256,000 kilowatt hours per year.

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Facilities Make Eldercare Lighting Upgrades

Medical facilities have upgraded to energy efficient lighting fixtures to reduce energy usage and costs.

According to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Erie County Medical Center Corporation (ECMC) estimated it could cut electricity costs by $680,000 annually as part of the energy efficient upgrades. The center will also save more than 5 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually, enough to power more than 720 homes for a year.

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Colorado School Installs LED Lighting

An elementary school in Colorado installed LED lights to improve energy efficiency and save money on electric costs.

Ridgway Colorado’s elementary school is upgrading its lighting to energy efficient lighting in one of their classrooms. School experts said the school will save money on electric costs as a result of the new installation. A meter will measure how much electricity is being used in the classroom, the article stated. The cost of power and carbon emissions will also be measured to help the school track its savings.

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Companies Join the Better Buildings Challenge

Companies recently joined the Better Building Challenge in an effort to reduce energy consumption.

It costs about $200 billion a year to light commercial buildings and approximately 30 percent of that energy is wasted. Companies and businesses who join the DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge must commit to a portfolio-wide energy savings goal of at least 20 percent by 2020, according to the challenge’s website.

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Furniture Company Upgrades to Energy Efficient Lighting

A furniture company installed energy efficient lighting upgrades to several retail stores.

Installing new lighting solutions can help businesses reduce their energy and maintenance costs. Upgrading to energy efficient lighting can also help reduce carbon emissions and help a company reduce its impact on the environment.

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Walmart finds success in lighting upgrades

Lighting upgrades in parking lots can help companies save money without compromising consumer safety.

Seventeen percent of the energy used at a commercial building goes to power lighting, and 18 percent of its carbon dioxide emissions, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Energy Data Book. Learn how businesses can reduce energy usage and save a significant amount of money.

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LED Lighting Helps Hotels Go Green

LED lighting helps hotels become more energy efficient.

Hotel lighting can be easily upgraded to contribute to the building’s energy efficiency. ​More hotels around the nation are realizing how simple it can be to cut down on electricity use by making some lighting changes. The type of lighting depends on the hotels needs and certain types may not be beneficial for all buildings.

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Energy Efficient Lighting Helps Universities Improve Student Safety

Installing energy efficient lighting fixtures including light-emitting diodes (LEDs) can not only help universities reduce their energy usage and costs, but the lighting solutions can improve student safety, especially those walking around campus at night. Many schools across the country have already upgraded to energy efficient lighting and many more are considering doing so.

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