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What Comes Up, Doesn’t Always Come Down

Each month, Worldwide Energy Vice President and COO Gaylen Davenport will publish his thoughts on the latest energy-efficient news, products, and trends.

This is a departure from our typical technology post, but it’s still a vital part of any energy efficient project. I’m talking about utility rates.

On average, utility rates typically rise 6-8 percent annually. At a time of record high fuel prices, historic environmental challenges, and industrial structural change, the nation’s demand for reliable electric power continues to grow, and utility companies must keep up. Without increasing rates, the energy demand could impact the quality of service, impair the ability of the utility industry to meet growing demands, and undermine the financial health of the utility industry.

In other words, utility rates will always be rising based on a variety of factors. Most utility companies in Kansas City, including Kansas City Power & Light and Amereen Missouri for example, are using the increased rates to, in part, pay for energy programs and plants.

In Janaury of this year, Missouri state regulators approved a rate increase that will affect 600,000 customers. The parent company to KCP&L was granted a $64 million increase among the utility’s three service areas.

About half of the customers in the KCP&L territory will see a 9.1 percent increase, while customers in the Great Plains territory will see a 5.2 percent increase. Businesses in the former St. Joseph Light & Power service area will see an average increase of 12.9 percent.

Since 2005, KCP&L’s prices are up about 50 percent in Missouri and Kansas. The utility was also approved for a 6.7 percent increase for customers in Kansas. And the rates will continue to climb, especially for large facilities and warehouses.

Businesses should be inclined to reduce their energy use, especially if they are looking to cut costs. On average, lighting accounts for more than 10 percent of your utility bill. Lighting retrofits and utility rebates are the best way to lower your utility costs. We also offer other energy efficient solutions that can help lower your costs including insulation, window tinting, and zoo fans.

-Gaylen

10 Tips to Save Energy Now

The more you know about your building and its energy efficiency potential, the more you will begin to recognize opportunities to control energy consumption and costs.

  • Have an energy professional perform an audit of your facility to determine your energy-efficiency priorities
  • Lighting retrofits are quick, easy and have short paybacks
  • Install occupancy sensors & task lighting to save energy
  • Clean windows & remove clutter to let day lighting in
  • Air infiltration – seal gaps in all windows and doors
  • Tinting windows can save on energy, fading of furniture, and increase occupant comfort
  • If your HVAC system is more than 14 years old, consider an upgrade
  • Install high ceiling destratification fans to significantly affect your heating & cooling consumption
  • Look at your natural gas options – up to 30% savings available
  • Take the next big step and consider renewable energy solutions including solar and wind energy

Lighting Facts for Building Managers

Any building or office manager who is looking to cut costs (and who isn’t these days) will find these quick facts beneficial:

  • Lighting accounts for the largest portion of a commercial building’s electricity bill
  • It is a significant portion of the total energy bill
  • It consumes about 35 percent of the electricity used in commercial buildings in the U.S.
  • It affects other building systems through its use of elecricty and production of waste heat

 

“An efficient system of lighting sources, fixtures, and controls can reduce energy use, give businesses more flexibility in the sizing of HVAC and electrical systems, and may even improve worker productivity.”

Source: TVA Energy Right Solutions

Feature Client: Beck Tire

Each month, Worldwide Energy features a client that we have worked with to showcase not only our portfolio, but also our client’s business.


Project Scope:

Beck Tire International is a tire shop in Kansas City, MO that was looking to retrofit their outdated lighting. The goals for the new lighting system included increasing the quality of lighting and level of illumination, providing a safer working environment for their employees, and reducing energy consumption, along with reducing utility bill expenses and annual maintenance expenses. Rebates and incentives were filed to offset the investment.

Worldwide Energy replaced several existing metal halides with premium T8 reflector fixtures, which allowed for better and even lighting. We also added motion sensors to control several fixtures for the added convenience of automatic lighting.

Lighting Upgrade Savings:

  • 48,185 kWh
  • Cut demand usage in half
  • Reduced 160,523 pounds of carbon dioxide
  • Equivalent to annual greenhouse emissions from 14 vehicles

Energy Savings for Small Businesses

Businesses can save big with energy efficient projects like retrofitting outdated lighting.

Small and medium businesses are missing out on big energy savings. With energy costs rising 6-8 percent annually, businesses are quoting “energy costs as their biggest expense behind real estate and labor.”

A report by the Center for an Urban Future found that one big opportunity for small businesses to reduce costs has gone ignored: becoming energy efficient, and that “significant savings – up to thousands of dollars a year for even the smallest firms have been left on the table.”

Several roadblocks for small business owners include lack of financing, lack of customized solutions, and lack of technical expertise. That’s why working with the right partner is key to the success of becoming energy efficient.

At Worldwide Energy, we provide a complete turn-key approach, so we take care of the planning, implementation, and documentation for your business to receive the maximum benefits and incentives for becoming energy efficient.

With local rebates and incentives still available, Kansas City area small businesses are sure to find big savings. Contact us today to schedule a facility review.

Source: Clean Technica

Energy Efficient Parking Garages

Proper lighting for a parking garage can save on energy and costs.

When we think of ways to save energy, parking garages aren’t usually our first thought. But a garage typically uses 15% of the energy that the building it is attached to uses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

A parking garage can be seen as a secondary building, but what businesses are finding is that retrofitting a parking garage and updating its lighting can save a lot of energy, costs, and still be functional and look aesthetically pleasing.

“It’s an interesting thing to look at a parking garage as not just something that’s subservient to the campus, but as a building that has its own energy-saving contributions to make,” RNL Senior Project Manager Tony Thornton said.

And considering that parking garages use as much (if not more) lighting than a traditional building, the potential for saving energy and on utilities is definitely worth exploring for any business.

Read how the DOE retrofitted their parking garage to see how they saved on energy and costs.

Lighting Matters for Small Businesses

Lighting can be a critical component to any small business, and can help save on energy costs.

Small businesses should think seriously about their lighting. It seems simple, but lighting is a critical component of any small business because it can improve employee efficiency, and be aesthetically pleasing to encourage sales.

“Depending on the type of business you operate, lighting accounts for 20 to 50 percent of electricity consumption. This means that significant cost savings can be achieved with energy-efficiency improvements,” advises the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The SBA provides a detailed article about the different kinds of efficient lighting technology on their website. It’s definitely worth taking a look at if you are thinking of retrofitting or upgrading your building’s lighting system.

With the right design and effective technology, businesses are sure to enhance performance and save on energy costs.

Source: U.S. Small Business Administration

Better Building Challenge

The objective of the  Better Building Challenge is to ultimately help our environment & our economy.  It supports the Energy Efficiency goal of encouraging businesses to become 20% more efficient over the next 10 years while saving over $40 billion annually in energy costs.

Blog here, and tell us what your company is doing to become more energy efficient.

If you haven’t done anything yet, tell us why by listing your top 3 questions or concerns.

Have a Green Day!

 

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