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.
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.
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.
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.
A project to upgrade Duke University street lights will cut the school’s energy usage by replacing outdoor light bulbs with new, energy efficient LEDs. According to Duke Today, the year-long project will involve the replacement of existing outdoor light bulbs with new, energy efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
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