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Worldwide provides clients complete turnkey energy efficiency evaluation and solutions. Our focus is in energy saving measures that offer the most savings and financial incentives, creating a rapid return on investment. What sets Worldwide apart is our ability to design, install and certify our installations to qualify for the Federal tax incentives for energy efficiency, then provide the documentation necessary to secure the tax incentives. Worldwide has recently entered the renewable energy field at the request of several of our clients.

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Worldwide provides clients complete turnkey energy efficiency evaluation and solutions. Our focus is in energy saving measures that offer the most savings and financial incentives, creating a rapid return on investment. What sets Worldwide apart is our ability to design, install and certify our installations to qualify for the Federal tax incentives for energy efficiency, then provide the documentation necessary to secure the tax incentives. Worldwide has recently entered the renewable energy field at the request of several of our clients.

LED Lighting to Increase Workplace Safety

 

 

While it is often discussed how LED lighting can reduce electricity usage and save facilities tons of money on annual utility spending, a lesser known benefit is the safety enhancement LEDs bring to the workplace.  There are numerous ways in which upgrading to LED lighting can make for a safer, even healthier, environment for your employees.  Here are a few to keep in mind:

 

 

Reducing trips, falls, and other workplace hazards

In any type of workplace, shadowy and dark areas can be dangerous for your employees.  These are especially precarious for workers in environments with heavy machinery or dangerous equipment, such as warehouses or garages.  In these surroundings, an untimely spill could even be deadly.  LED lighting not only brightens the entire workspace, but also eliminates any shadowy areas, making for a much safer environment for employees and patrons alike.

 

Increasing productivity by providing optimal quality of light

LED lighting provides employees with better visual acuity, allowing for an optimum environment for productivity.  In other words, you cannot expect premium results if you do not supply a premium environment for the work to be completed.  Between the eye strain and fatigue that can be caused in a poorly lit environment, it can be difficult to perform tasks at the highest level.  Bright and clear LED lighting will allow workers to see clearly, helping to increase both quality and volume of work.

 

 

Improving emotional well-being of employees in offices

Dimly lit office buildings can illicit a true psychological response when workers spend too much time in them, even so much as to make them sick.  Sick Building Syndrome and Seasonal Affective Disorder are both illnesses that can be brought on by a number of environmental factors, including poor lighting.  By providing employees with a brighter, better lit work environment, you are reducing the risk of those illness and their side effects, like depression, low energy, and irritability.

 

 

Protecting your building and employees against possible crime threats

Brighter LED lighting used in parking lots and perimeter lamps make for a safer place for both employees and patrons.  Minimizing shadowy areas is an easy and inexpensive way to protect your property from crime.  Additionally, the use of motion sensor lighting can be used as a deterrent from any unwanted activity around your building.  Just recently and close to home, KMBC reported the plan to install LED lighting as a safety measure for a Kansas City neighborhood park that has been troubled by crime. (Read more about the story here.)  Upgrading to LED lighting is a simple, yet extremely effective solution to creating a safer place for families within the city.

 

 

Contact our offices to learn how LED lighting can help your facility become a safer environment for your employees.

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Safety.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IKEA to Sell Only LED Lights

 

 

IKEA has announced that they will be upholding their 2012 commitment to sell only LED lighting by 2016.  In fact, the company has met their goal early, as the transition will be made officially with the release of new products and catalogs on September 1st of this year.  IKEA will be the first major US retailer to sell only LED bulbs.

 

 

As reported by Joshua Hill for CleanTechnica.com, IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Steve Howard, states, “LED is a light revolution. With household electricity bills continuing to rise rapidly and global energy consumption increasing, the LED lighting will have a big impact. Building on our belief that everyone should be able to afford to live more sustainably at home, we will make sure our LED prices are affordable for the many.”

 

 

Additionally, IKEA U.S. President, Lars Petersson, adds, “At IKEA, we believe that everyone should be able to afford to live a more sustainable life at home and save money on their energy bills… Also using less energy reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. Changing a light bulb may seem like a small action but many small actions can lead to a big change. Note that if one million people changed one bulb each into an LED this would be equivalent to taking 6,700 cars off the road or planting 17 million trees per year. That’s significant.”

 

 

IKEA has been a leader in renewable energy and efficiency over the last several years, (see: Largest Rooftop Solar Array In Kansas Coming to Merriam IKEA Store, and Kansas City IKEA to Use Geothermal Heating and Cooling System.)  Another goal of the global retailer is to produce as much renewable energy as the company uses by the year 2020.  In the U.S. alone, the company already produces four times more energy than they consume in this country.

 

 

For more information on the LED revolution in America’s households and businesses, as well as details on IKEA’s renewable energy commitments and investments, read Hill’s article.

 

 

 

 

 

Ideal for most environments, light emitting diodes (LEDs) provide longer life, enhance Image of options for LED Lighting Kansas City - Worldwide Energyvisibility, and reduce energy up to 70% compared to other light technology. LED lights are warranted up to five years and provide 50,000 lifetime hours.

 

Most LED technology features small light sources that illuminate from the movement of electrons through a semiconductor. This produces a bright light that can be white or colored, that emits in a specific direction and produces no heat. Worldwide Energy stocks a variety of LED products that all offer great performance and innovative technology.

 

 

For more information on LED lighting for your facility, contact our energy specialists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How LEDs can Increase the Life of your HVAC

 

 

In our blogs, (and just about every other news media forum these days,) you often read about the numerous benefits of switching to LED lighting.  Everything from the obvious utility and maintenance savings, to the better visual acuity offered, to the tax break and rebate offerings available have been listed time and time again.  Occasionally, you will read articles about the added safety benefits acquired from performing an LED upgrade, or perhaps even information on the psychological benefits LED lighting can have for your employees, (elevating moods and increasing productivity levels, for example.)

 

A commonly overlooked benefit LED lighting can offer your facility, however, is the positive impact it has on another costly operational system, your HVAC.  Furniture World posted a recent article on their website in effort to remind those with any kind of showroom or warehouse facility that an LED lighting upgrade can play an important role in extending the life of your HVAC system due to the decrease of heat generated by the lighting.

 


 

 

Traditional, inefficient bulbs produce a significant amount of heat, (according to the article, in excess of 350 degrees in some cases,) which increases the temperature of the space being lit.  Additionally, of the energy used to power the bulbs, “60 and 80 percent is dissipated as non-light, or heat,” which is clearly incredibly inefficient.  Alternatively, LED lamps do not get hotter than 150 degrees, reducing the “heat generated by lighting by over 50 percent.”  Switching to LED bulbs will lesson the heat generated by your lighting, cooling down your facility and lessening the workload of your HVAC system, (thereby increasing its lifespan,) all the while substantially reducing the wasted energy that traditional bulbs use to heat up.

 

When you are ready to discuss the many ways upgrading to energy efficient LED lighting can benefit your facility, contact our specialists for a professional energy audit.  The first step in achieving a green building is having a solid understanding of where and how energy is wasted.  The next step will be to come up with a collaborative plan of action that fits the needs of your business.  Learn more about the experience straight from our clients.

 

 

 

Source: Furniture World, Dan Parsley, EES Consulting

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 Facts You May Not Know About LEDs

 

 

The Department of Energy has created a fascinating series of articles on their website entitled “Joules of Wisdom: Top Things You Don’t Know About…“.  In it, Rebecca Matulka, (Office of Public Affairs,) lists eight facts about LEDs that may be new information for readers:

 

 

8.  A light-emitting diode, or LED, is a type of solid-state lighting that uses a semiconductor to convert electricity into light. Today’s LED bulbs can be six-seven times more energy efficient than conventional incandescent lights and cut energy use by more than 80 percent.

 

7. Good-quality LED bulbs can have a useful life of 25,000 hours or more — meaning they can last more than 25 times longer than traditional light bulbs. That is a life of more than three years if run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

6. Unlike incandescent bulbs — which release 90 percent of their energy as heat — LEDs use energy far more efficiently with little wasted heat.

 

5. From traffic lights and vehicle brake lights to TVs and display cases, LEDs are used in a wide range of applications because of their unique characteristics, which include compact size, ease of maintenance, resistance to breakage, and the ability to focus the light in a single direction instead of having it go every which way.

 

4. LEDs contain no mercury, and a recent Energy Department study determined that LEDs have a much smaller environmental impact than incandescent bulbs. They also have an edge over compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) that’s expected to grow over the next few years as LED technology continues its steady improvement.

 

3. Since the Energy Department started funding solid-state lighting R&D in 2000, these projects have received 58 patents. Some of the most successful projects include developing new ways to use materials, extract more light, and solve the underlying technical challenges. Most recently, the Energy Department announced five new projects that will focus on cutting costs by improving manufacturing equipment and processes.

 

2. The first visible-spectrum LED was invented by Nick Holonyak, Jr., while working for GE in 1962. Since then, the technology has rapidly advanced and costs have dropped tremendously, making LEDs a viable lighting solution. Between 2011 and 2012, global sales of LED replacement bulbs increased by 22 percent while the cost of a 60-watt equivalent LED bulb fell by nearly 40 percent. By 2030, it’s estimated that LEDs will account for 75 percent of all lighting sales.

 

1. In 2012, about 49 million LEDs were installed in the U.S. — saving about $675 million in annual energy costs. Switching entirely to LED lights over the next two decades could save the U.S. $250 billion in energy costs, reduce electricity consumption for lighting by nearly 50 percent and avoid 1,800 million metric tons of carbon emissions.

 

 

– Matulka, Energy.gov

 

Take a look around The Department of Energy’s website to learn more about LED technology, specifically their page dedicated to lighting.  Increasing your knowledge is the first step in making a smart investment with upgraded efficiency lighting for your facility.  When you are ready to learn more about how a lighting retrofit could benefit your business, contact our specialists.  We will provide you with a comprehensive, professional audit and a design plan that will brighten your space while saving you money.

Top 10 Benefits of Using LEDs Over Traditional Lighting

 

 

Switching to LED lighting comes with numerous benefits.  In addition to increasing energy efficiency, LED lighting has a longer lifespan than traditional bulbs, (which can save substantially in maintenance cost,) as well as providing a brighter, better quality light.  It is easy to make the switch and more affordable than ever.  Additionally, with the government’s recent ban on commonly used, inefficient T-12 lighting, it extremely important to chose the right lighting for upgrading your facility.

 

 

Top 10 Benefits of LED Lighting

(originally posted on LEDLuxor.com, Daniel T.)

 

1. Long Life

Long lifetime stands out as the number one benefit of LED lights. LED bulbs and diodes have an outstanding operational lifetime expectancy of up to 100.000 hours. This is 11 years of continuous operation, or 22 years of 50% operation. If you leave on the LED fixture for 8h per day it would take around 20 years before you’d have to replace the LED bulb.

LED’s are different to standard lighting: They don’t really burn out and stop working like a standard light, moreover the lighting diodes emit lower output levels over a very long period of time and become less bright.

 

2. Energy Efficiency

Todays most efficient way of illumination and lighting, with an estimated energy efficiency of 80%-90% when compared to traditional lighting and conventional light bulbs. This means that about 80% of the electrical energy is converted to light, while only 20% is lost and converted into other forms of energy such as heat.

Traditional incandescent light bulbs operate at only 20% energy efficiency, while 80% of the electricity is lost as heat. Imagine the following scenario:

If you use traditional lighting and have an electricity bill of e.g US$ 100, then US$ 80 of that money has been used to heat the room, not to light it! Using LED illumination with 80% efficiency, the electricity costs would be around US$ 20 and you’d have saved around US$ 80.

The long operational lifetime acts as a multiplier and helps achieve even more energy efficiency, especially large scale and when thinking in terms of urban infrastructure projects, such as cities, railroads and airports.

 

3. Ecologically Friendly

LED lights are free of toxic chemicals. Most conventional fluorescent lighting bulbs contain a multitude of materials like e.g mercury that are dangerous for the environment.

LED lights contain no toxic materials and are 100% recyclable, and will help you to reduce your carbon footprint by up to a third. The long operational lifetime mentioned above means also that one LED light bulb can save material and production of 25 incandescent light bulbs. A big step towards a greener future!

 

4. Durable Quality

LEDs are extremely durable and built with sturdy components that are highly rugged and can withstand even the roughest conditions.

Because LED lights are resistant to shock, vibrations and external impacts, they make great outdoor lighting systems for rough conditions and exposure to weather, wind, rain or even external vandalism, traffic related public exposure and construction or manufacturing sites.

 

5. Zero UV Emissions

LED illumination produces little infrared light and close to no UV emissions.

Because of this, LED lighting is highly suitable not only for goods and materials that are sensitive to heat due to the benefit of little radiated heat emission, but also for illumination of UV sensitive objects or materials such as in museums, art galleries, archaeological sites etc.

 

6. Design Flexibility

LEDs can be combined in any shape to produce highly efficient illumination. Individual LEDs can be dimmed, resulting in a dynamic control of light, color and distribution. Well-designed LED illumination systems can achieve fantastic lighting effects, not only for the eye but also for the mood and the mind:

LED mood illumination is already being used in airplanes, classrooms and many more locations and we can expect to see a lot more LED mood illumination in our daily lives within the next few years.

 

7. Operational in Extremely Cold or Hot Temperatures

LED are ideal for operation under cold and low outdoor temperature settings. For fluorescent lamps, low temperatures may affect operation and present a challenge, whereas LED illumination operates well in cold settings, such as for outdoor winter settings, freezer rooms etc.

 

8. Light Disbursement

LED is designed to focus its light and can be directed to a specific location without the use of an external reflector, achieving a higher application efficiency than conventional lighting. Well-designed LED illumination systems are able to deliver light more efficiently to the desired location.

 

9. Instant Lighting & Frequent Switching

LED lights brighten up immediately and when powered on, which has great advantages for infrastructure projects such as e.g traffic and signal lights.

Additionally, LED lights can be switched off and on frequently and without affecting the LED’s lifetime or light emission. In contrast, traditional lighting may take several seconds to reach full brightness, and frequent on/off switching does drastically reduce operational life expectancy.

 

10. Low-Voltage

A low-voltage power supply is sufficient for LED illumination. This makes it easy to use LED lighting in outdoor settings, by connecting an external solar-energy source and is a big advantage when it comes to using LED technology in remote or rural areas.

 

Source: LEDLuxor.com 

 

Consider upgrading to LED lighting today.  Our energy specialists can provide you with customized lighting solutions that will fit the specific needs of your business.

Energy Efficiency and Commercial Real Estate: Saving Money while Attracting Tennants

 

 

 

While all businesses have the potential to see huge savings on energy costs upon performing energy efficiency upgrades to their facilities, those in the commercial real estate business have an unique benefit to going greener.  Commercial real estate companies who upgrade their buildings’ energy efficiency increase their desirability to future tenants.  Property managers are able to offer tenants more attractive pricing on leases while showcasing new and efficient technologies, keeping their units fully occupied and maximizing profit.

 

Steps to maximize profits through ENERGY EFFICIENCY:

 

 

1. Have a professional energy audit completed on your properties. 

 

The first step to maximizing profits is to become more familiar with how inefficiently your buildings are currently operating.  Upon touring your facilities, a reputable, certified energy auditor from Worldwide Energy will assess areas of opportunity within your lighting and energy systems.  We will determine how much energy is needlessly being drained, and provide you with ways to improve efficiency.  While there are a variety of assessments and levels of audits available to you, Worldwide Energy’s complimentary energy audit includes:

 

  • Collecting appropriate utility information to determine utility rate
  • Viewing floor plans or CAD drawing to assess layout, square footage, and overall orientation of the facility
  • Counting and inspecting lighting fixtures per area, calculating square footage (if plans not available), ceiling height, and lighting levels
  • Compiling all data into our proprietary energy software to determine energy savings opportunities

 

2.  Review your building analysis and chose the retro-fit and upgrade option that suits your facility the best. 

 

Our energy specialists will provide you with an in-depth analysis of your current systems and will make recommendations on how to improve overall efficiency.  From simple lamp swaps to fixture upgrades, to the use of sensors and advanced controls, Worldwide Energy will provide you with options that will lower your facilities’ annual utility costs, reduce carbon emissions, and make for a more pleasant, (and often safer,) environment for your tenants.

 

 

3. Secure utility rebates and tax incentives to help with upfront costs on your project.

 

Many incentives and rebates are often available for commercial businesses looking to reduce energy use, but the application process can be difficult and time consuming.  Worldwide Energy’s specialists are experienced in the process and familiar with the utility companies.  This allows us to secure those incentives on your behalf, which insures you receive the maximum financial savings available, without the hassle.  Additionally, working with a qualified firm like ours provides you with numerous other financing options available to fit any budget.

 

 

Start maximizing your profits today by scheduling your comprehensive energy audit now.  Save money on utilities, attract potential tenants, and reduce carbon emissions at the same time.

 

 

Ivy Animal Hospital (BEFORE lighting upgrade)

Ivy Animal Hospital (AFTER lighting upgrade)

 

Client Testimonial:

“The lighting system is performing exactly as represented by [Worldwide Energy], and is a great improvement over the outdated fluorescent lights that it replaced. We found every aspect of our dealings with Worldwide Energy to be excellent in all respects, and we look forward to another project together.”

-Albert W. Zimmer, III, Zimmer Realty Company

 

 

Sources: Energy Savings for Business, (5/07/14) Energy Source

 

 

 

Hawaii Set for 100% Renewable Energy

 

 

With a bill passed by Hawaii Legislature this week, the state is set to become the very first in the United States to be run completely off renewable energy, due to be completed by 2045.  While the clean air and environmental impacts of going 100% renewable are drastic and rewarding, the main reason for the switch is stop the expensive importation of fuel.  Approximately 93% of Hawaii’s energy is imported, (Magill, Scientific American,) which makes residential power rates extremely high, the most expensive in the nation in fact at 175% of the country’s average.

 

 

“This is a significant step in our effort toward reducing Hawaii’s dependence on expensive imported oil and putting the state on the path toward greater energy, environmental and economic security,” Mark Glick, Hawaii State Energy Office administrator

 

 

hawaii wind farm

Pakini Wind Farm, South Point Bay – Island of Hawaii (photo via Huffpost.com)

 

 

Hawaii is unique in its abundance of natural resources.  In addition to the solar and hydro powers readily available, strong trade winds and even volcanic heat can be harnessed as energy sources.  While going 100% renewable is a huge task, the state has made its clean energy goals in the past.  A goal of 15% renewable energy was put in place to be reached by 2015; five months in, Hawaii is already at 23% renewable energy.

 

 

Hawaii is not the lone state with the goals of 100% renewable, however.

 

 

“The city of San Francisco aims to have its electricity grid go fully renewable by 2020, and San Diego’s goal is 2035. Globally, Iceland is already using 100 percent renewable energy, and Scotland and Denmark also have similar goals in place.” (Cave, HuffingtonPost.com.)

 

 

 

Read more on Hawaii’s Clean Energy Initiative.

 

 

Sources: James Cave, HuffingtonPost.com, Bobby Magill, ScientificAmerican.com

 

Historic Buildings Getting Green Upgrades

 

 

A recent article on CleanTechnica.com, (originally published on SolarLove.org,) examines how the owners of two very old, even historic, buildings in separate Midwestern cities have upgraded and gone green.  The purpose of the article is to show that even the oldest buildings can be made environmentally friendly and modern, without completely breaking budget to pull it off.

 

The first project reviewed is the Modus Engineering building, (renamed Market One,) in Des Moines, IA.  As a company, Modus Engineering designs energy efficient, LEED Certified buildings for their clients.  Rather than building a state of the art facility from the ground up, the choice was made to turn an old brick warehouse into a highly efficient, modernized facility.

 

 

 

Market One, photo courtesy of Modus Engineering

 

 

The now “net-zero” facility renovation began with energy efficient windows and LED lighting upgrades.  Another high efficiency feature in place is the ground based geothermal system installed to heat and cool the building.  Furthermore, two solar panels were installed, one each on both the building itself and the covered parking, combining to produce more than one megawatt-hour of electricity on sunny days.

 

In regards to the project, Justin Doyle, a principle with Modus Engineering, states, “Sustainability doesn’t mean freakishly expensive. It doesn’t mean these wild systems. It can be economically justifiable. It just takes the right design.”

 

The second project is Laclede Lofts in St. Louis, MO.  The 50-unit apartment building, located near St. Louis University, used to be a pharmaceutical factory.  A 98-panel solar array was put in place on the old facility, expected to produce 25 kilowatts of electricity.  Based on conservative projections, the solar array should generally cover 62% of the building’s energy needs.

 

 

 

Laclede Loft solar array, photo courtesy of Microgrid Solar

 

 

Additionally, to raise public awareness to the project, a link has been added to the Laclede Loft website where you can monitor power generation and compare both financial and carbon emission savings each day.  Not only has an old building been brought current by means of energy savings, but today’s technology is making it possible for anyone and everyone to view in real time the difference being made for the environment.

 

For more details on the green upgrades, stop by Steve Hanley’s article.  It is truly remarkable how much change is possible when it comes to making old buildings more efficient.  Even more astounding is how quickly the investment made for a project like those described can pay for itself.  For more information on energy savings, be sure to contact our offices.

 

Worldwide Energy Partners with Daintree Wireless Controls

 

 

Worldwide Energy is now the metro’s exclusive partner for Daintree Wireless Controls.

 

 

Daintree Networks is the only company to offer an integrated solution for Lighting, HVAC, Plug-Load Controls, energy monitoring and more in an open standard software.  ControlScope® is the industry’s most intelligent, comprehensive, and cost-effective energy management solution for taking control over building energy use.

 

Deployed in Fortune 500 facilities across North America, award winning ControlScope solves some of the control industry’s toughest problems by eliminating wiring and using open standards – including BacNet – which provides tremendous energy savings for commercial buildings, reduces upfront costs, simplifies commissioning, and extends the benefits of control to other new applications throughout the “internet of things”.

 

 

Key Benefits Include:

 

  • Delivers powerful energy-saving control strategies including: scheduling, temperature, occupancy, daylighting, task tuning, lumen maintenance and load shedding.
  • Eliminates control wiring, which reduces much of the expense, complication, and disruption of a wired system.
  • Integrates with Demand Response/Demand Management programs through OpenADR, automatically shedding load in response to Utility signals.
  • Provides access to real-time, measurable information about usage, creating new methods to manage energy use and demand as well as verify savings.
  • Integrates with Building Management Systems (BMS) via a BACnet interface.
  • Scales easily from a single office to system-wide control of thousands of devices across a distributed enterprise.

 

 

Contact your Energy Specialist to discuss how Controlscope will benefit your company.

 

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