If you study the energy industry, you’d find that we are in the middle of a revolution right now. Everyone from manufacturers improving appliances to consumers renovating their homes, energy efficiency is taking the country by storm.
In a recent article in Energy Manager Today, Danielle Stewart examines how America is making brighter, more efficient cities slowly, but surely. Take for instance how twenty years ago, “every building in America was lit up with inefficient light fixtures. Now, consumers and cities can choose from a wide selection of compact & linear fluorescent and LED bulbs that slash energy consumption without sacrificing light quality or brightness.”
The author goes on to discuss how cities are increasing their efficiency projects and buildings. “Consumers, municipalities, and corporations alike are realizing that energy efficient upgrades can protect the environment while actually saving money.”
Read specific examples at Energy Manager Today.
The Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA in the greater New York City area is shining a little brighter these days. The 65,000 square foot building upgraded its lighting system last month.
The updated lighting includes the pool and surrounding area, which received minimal natural daylight.
Switching from their existing fluorescent and incandescent lamps, the YMCA opted to make the switch to LED, which uses 50 percent less energy compared to the other lamps.
The retrofit will result in a yearly savings of about 50,000 kilowatt hours, which equals to a savings of about $10,100.
Source: Energy Manager Today
In Lordstown, Ohio, the GM building is now home to the world’s largest LED retrofit project of its kind.
So far the project involves more than 1,600 fixtures which has reduced energy consumption by more than 80 percent at one factory in the complex. And there’s still another 4,000 fixtures to go.
The new LED fixtures will save the company about $780,00 per year. It also includes a built-in, integrated wireless control system, which allows for remote control and monitor of lighting fixtures.
Read more about the project at Clean Technica.
New York City’s Empire State Building will shine brighter than ever as it becomes an energy retrofit model for other commercial buildings.
The energy efficiency retrofit project began in 2009 as part of the Clinton Global Initiative, and has reduced utility costs for tenants and building owners by millions of dollars.
“The project team that has designed and conducted the retrofit over the Empire State Building’s 2.85 million square feet is rolling the same model out in nearly 100 major commercial buildings across the U.S., targeting 75% of energy use in urban settings that comes from commercial buildings.”
The building retrofit model focuses on eight improvement areas, with upgrades for windows, LED lighting, and management system controls. It is now being applied to large commercial buildings across the U.S.
And since buildings consume 40% of all energy in the country, this new retrofit model could prove to be a turning point to a clean energy economy.
Source: Clean Technica
This past May, the price of LED light bulbs declined globally by 1 percent. LEDInside, a research division of TrendForce, found that the most obvious price reduction was in Taiwan, but the U.S. also experienced a decrease as well.
The cost of LED light bulbs is higher than older incandescent bulbs, but is much more efficient, and offers a longer life. The increasing popularity of energy-saving lighting, and the demand for LED technology, signals a huge growth in the market and a lower cost of LED.
“As well as the dropping prices, the low energy-consumption of the [LED] bulbs will help those purchasing now to see lower energy bills almost immediately.”
Source: Compound Semiconductor
A recent study found that simple behavior changes can drastically lower energy use in commercial buildings. So does this mean the end of retrofits?
FirstFuel, a Massachusetts-based company that analyzes energy consumption in buildings, says that behavioral changes are a primary driver to efficiency problems in commercial buildings.
The company examined utility data for 60 million square feet of commercial buildings across the U.S. It found that “half of energy efficiency opportunities could be realized with simple operational improvements.” This could save about $12 million across the facilities sampled.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean companies could rule out retrofits. In fact, implementing operational changes and retrofits are both great ways to reduce costs.
“Operational change is a crucial part that provides a high-volume and low-cost way to allow building owners to figure out how to spend their time. But it’s the first step in the process.”
Either way, it’s not surprising that businesses and owners are moving forward toward the intelligent monitors to help change behavior but often you need the controls and systems to execute it.
Source: Green Tech Media
By Gaylen Davenport
Can LED lighting really cut food waste? According to a recent study, the answer is yes.
Changing the light bulbs in supermarkets can reduce an estimated 300,000 tons of food waste each year. Most supermarkets use lighting that emits heat, causing food to sweat and deteriorate quicker. Unlike conventional lighting, LED lighting does not emit heat or UV rays, so food stays fresher for longer.
Fridgewize, which offers energy efficient refrigeration and food storage systems can also keep food waste down, and help supermarkets reduce their energy bill. The eco-friendly Fridgewize systems include technology such as anti-sweat heater controls, night covers, and electronic commutated motors.
To find out more about Fridgewize products, schedule a facility review today.
By Gaylen Davenport
LED isn’t just lighting up homes and businesses, it’s lighting up landmarks as well. The San Francisco Bridge was retrofitted with LED lights to improve energy efficiency and for a special light display. The lights won’t need to be replaced during the two-year planned run of the light display.
The sale of green products increased significantly last year, and most analysts say growth is still to come. In fact, Philips North America says their green products sales increased to 45 percent of total sales in 2012, and have a goal to grow that number to 50 percent by 2015.
Here’s a video of the bridge with its new LED lights.
By Gaylen Davenport
By Gaylen Davenport
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