Lighting upgrades can help businesses and cities save significant amounts of money on energy usage as well as energy and maintenance costs. In New Jersey, more than 2,500 businesses and local governments participated in a program that offers financial incentives to those that upgrade to more efficient lighting
A number of cities around the nation are realizing the benefits of upgrading streetlights with more energy-efficient lights, and more are increasingly choosing to invest in light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Costs for LEDs have fallen by as much as 50 percent in the last two years, which has helped spark interest in the smart lighting solution.
The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago announced it would be improving its lighting in order to make the large and popular aquarium more energy efficient. Shedd will be the first clean energy-powered aquarium in the country. The lighting upgrade will save about 10 million kilowatt-hours annually, enough to power 750 houses.
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.