A car dealership’s lighting costs can be as much as 50 percent of its overall energy use. Lighting is responsible for 20 to 25 percent of overall U.S. energy consumption, with 50 percent of that coming from industrial and commercial lighting, as outlined by the Energy Efficient Lighting Association.
Jim Hand spent $35,000 to upgrade lighting in both of his buildings, and got back all but $4,000 in rebates. He also saved about $6,000 in energy costs over six months, “so I’ve got my investment back.” Hand Motors expects to save $30,000 a year in energy costs through such initiatives including installation of new lighting throughout the store; and adding motion detectors and programmable thermostats.
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In an effort to increase energy efficiency, the city of Napa, Calif., wants to deploy a new, large-scale installation of light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights. New Streetlights reported on the project and said the city previously installed approximately 300 LED streetlights through a pilot program, and it’s success to save on energy and costs, is encouraging Napa city officials to approve a complete overhaul of its streetlights.
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.
In an effort to reduce is $2 million yearly electric bill, Blue Diamond Growers installed energy efficient lighting at a processing plant in Sacramento, California. By upgrading to more efficient lighting solutions, the company can save on its energy costs and receive approximately $488,000 in rebates
Xcel Energy surpassed energy savings goals set by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC). According to Fierce Energy, the company exceeded its savings goal by 22% as part of its 2012 energy efficiency program. As a result of the energy savings goals, customers saved 401 million kilowatt hours – a record for the company. Xcel has surpassed PUC savings goals every year since 2009
Indiana University announced the Student Sustainability Council’s first University Lighting upgrades project funded by its Sustainability Fund, which was created from student donations. Motion-sensing, energy efficient lighting in one of the campus’ stairwells will be installed, the university said. Ballantine Hall will receive the lighting upgrades in an effort to promote campus-wide energy efficiency through the student fund.