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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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