Briarwood Mall in Ann Arbor, Michigan is installing light-emitting diodes (LED lights) to save on energy usage and reduce carbon emissions. According to AnnArbor.com, the renovation is expected to save the building more than 320,000 kilowatt hours per year, enough to offset the carbon dioxide emissions of 28 single-family homes, AnnArbor.com reported.
A number of energy efficient upgrades will be made to the mall including interior and commercial exterior lighting installations. Since the new lights will use less electricity, the mall will be able to reduce electricity bills and also help the retailers located in the building save money.
“They (Briarwood) are really looking forward to maintaining a certain level of style and energy,” said Diane Keller, Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber president, the Ann Arbor Journal reported. “I just think technology, especially with the LED lighting, is now letting us make these renovations.”
The amount of energy the mall will save is comparable to the carbon dioxide emissions of 529 barrels of consumed oil, according to Ann Arbor Journal.
City-wide efforts in Ann Arbor have come to fruition lately as it strives to be more energy efficient. Briarwood Mall also wants to provide a better experience for shoppers.
“If you can give them a better shopping experience … the renovations will be more of a draw for people,” said Denise Murray, the mall’s director of Marketing and Business Development, told Ann Arbor Journal, “We want to be a destination of choice.”
The project is scheduled to be completed by the holiday season, Ann Arbor Journal reported.
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