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Switch to LED Lighting Saves YMCA 78% On Electric Bill

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 

Switch to LED Lights Helps Cities Save


Add two more to the list of cities that have switched to LED. Eden Prairie and Brooklyn Park are two communities in Minnesota that are making the switch from traditional streetlights to modern, more efficient LED models.


The street superintendent for Brooklyn Park says that the retrofit of 4,300 lights will save the city about $45,000 a year on it’s utility bill. “We’re saving more than 50 percent of our costs on energy and our maintenance costs are almost nonexistent.”


Eden Prairie is also testing out the brighter LED lights as well, and saving about 60 percent on the city’s utility bill.


Though the upfront costs could deter some cities and businesses, LED lighting will last much longer than traditional lighting, and requires less maintenance. And there’s the added value of utility rebates and tax incentives, which provides financial incentives to those seeking energy efficient upgrades.


Source: KSTP.com

Retrofit Model for Commercial Buildings


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

Changing All the Lights in New York City

Replacing all the streetlights in New York City is no small job. The city, however, was on board with the idea of using LED lights city wide. In 2009, after completing thorough testing, a project to replace all the city’s streetlights began and became a model for other cities to study and follow.

The project is expected to be completed by 2019, and will reduce 35 percent of electricity use in streetlights.

Margaret Newman, chief of staff for the NYC Department of Transportation said that’s about $250,000 per year of utility savings and about 700,00 kilowatts per year in energy savings  – and that’s just for 1,500 fixtures in Central Park.

“What I recommend [for municipalities looking at retrofitting to LED] is to really evaluate your asset,” said Newman. “A lot of cities don’t even know what they have out there.”

To read the complete interview with Newman, visit Greenbiz.com.


By Gaylen Davenport

Are Retrofits Better for Efficiency?

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

LED Street Lighting in Buffalo, NY

LED street lighting

The city of Buffalo recently updated their street lighting to LED, increasing security, safety, and savings for the city.

The streets of Buffalo, New York are a little brighter these days. The city recently updated their street lighting to LED, increasing security, safety, and savings for the city.

During 2011, commercial and institutional buildings, and street and highway lighting, consumed “about 275 billion kilowatt hours for lighting or 21 percent of commercial electricity consumed,” according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Cities are finding out quickly that changing out older streetlights for LED lamps can reduce energy use. Compared to high pressure sodium lamps, LEDs use less energy, and also handle outdoor temperature changes and moisture better. Plus they are more attractive for use as outside security lights, and provide better directional lighting.

“LED streetlights can quickly show a return on investment by offsetting the high up-front expense with lower energy costs, longer life, and reduced maintenance.”


By Gaylen Davenport

LED Lights Up San Francisco Bridge

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

Common Misconceptions about Lighting Retrofits

Business owners are beginning to see the benefits of retrofitting their lighting systems to more efficient ones.

The lighting retrofit industry is quickly evolving, improving, and gaining traction. Business owners are beginning to see the benefits of upgrading their lighting systems to more efficient ones.

And while you plan for energy efficient solutions next year, there are still some misconceptions among those who are unfamiliar with products and the technological advances that have been made in recent years.

Three of the most common misconceptions about lighting retrofits are:

Misconception #1: Existing light levels are what they should be

The truth: existing lighting levels may be what employees are used to but very rarely are they what the light levels need to be. In fact, adjusting to higher lighting levels can help boost productivity.

Misconception #2: Light levels should be even throughout an entire facility

The truth: typically when a building is designed, the same light fixtures are installed throughout the building. In reality, light levels should be adjusted for the type of activity being performed in specific areas throughout the facility.

But lighting levels are not the only factor; usage plays a big role as well. For example, one side of the building, such as an office area, may be used more often than the other side of the building, such as a warehouse or storage area. Motion detection or sensors on lights are a great way to reduce the usage and levels of lighting in a facility.

Misconception #3: Existing lighting fixtures need to be replaced

The truth: With emerging technology, there’s virtually a retrofit for every existing fluorescent fixture out there. Retrofitting lights to a more efficient option is relatively low cost in terms of materials, labor, and disposal.

In some cases, replacing old lighting fixtures is the best way to save on utility usage and costs.

Do you have a lighting retrofit question? Contact us at info@worldwideenergy.com or call our office at 913-310-0705 and let us help you in your search to dubunk lighting retrofit misconceptions.

Energy Efficiency is a $60 Billion Opportunity

According to a recent study by ESource, energy efficiency could become a $60 billion opportunity.

The study found that businesses waste a collective $60 billion a year, or 30% of the power consumed by U.S. industrial and commercial facilities.

The report goes on to look at the details of certain industries including restaurants, health care, data centers, and government.

Energy efficiency is sometimes called the “fifth fuel” after coal, oil, nuclear, and renewables. But energy efficiency deserves better than co-equal status, as its side effects are small. After all, “the cleanest and cheapest energy is the energy that we don’t use.”

Source: 4-Traders.com

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