Retail partners in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings, Better Plants Interior Lighting Campaign met their energy goals this year, demonstrating that companies can cut costs with smart energy choices and driving lighting contractors to upgrade interior lighting.
“This hugely successful program involves thousands of facilities and has helped them avoid millions of metric tons of carbon emissions and save billions of dollars in energy costs. The progress that our Better Plants partners have made throughout the administration indicates that American companies are committed to reducing the energy footprint of their operations,” said Ernest Moniz, energy secretary. “That commitment is essential for America to continue making important strides toward a low-carbon future.”
American industries annually spend approximately $200 billion on energy costs. As part of the administration’s efforts to double U.S. energy productivity by 2030, close to 180 manufacturers and water and wastewater treatment agencies have now made voluntary commitments to improve their energy intensity by 25 percent in 10 years.
The Interior Lighting Campaign is designed to help facility owners and managers take advantage of savings opportunities from high efficiency interior lighting solutions and fixtures. It provides resources for businesses, including technical lighting specifications, case studies, utility incentive lists, and educational webinars to help building owners make sound lighting decisions.
The Interior Lighting Campaign had an initial, aggressive goal to support the upgrade or installation of 1 million high-efficiency troffer light fixtures, which could achieve annual cost savings of close to $20.6 million and energy savings of 200 million kWh, the equivalent of the annual electricity use in 18,500 homes. Going forward, the Interior Lighting Campaign may build on this success and expand beyond just troffers to other include other luminaire types.
Here are some of the success stories:
- CKE Restaurant Holdings reduced lighting energy use by 64% in a Tennessee restaurant.
- T-Mobile underwent lighting fixture upgrades at its retail centers and corporate facilities. At its Oakland call center, these upgrades saved 56% of their lighting energy.
- Target replaced 120,000 59 watt troffer light fixtures across 100 stores, resulting in 15 million kWh saved annually, or $1.5 million in electricity savings. Target won the Interior Lighting Campaign’s “Largest Portfolio-wide Annual Absolute Energy Savings” award in 2016.
Other large corporations have achieved significant energy savings by adopting LEDs across their portfolios, for both interior and exterior lighting applications.
- Walmart implemented 100% LED lighting in their South Euclid, Ohio store, which was paired with space conditioning innovations, helping the location achieve a 37% reduction in source energy use over a code-compliant new store.
- Staples upgraded the lighting in distribution centers and office space, as well as the exterior parking, contributing to an 11% portfolio-wide reduction in energy use
DOE’s Better Buildings, Better Plants campaign also participated in the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign for parking facilities.
LEEP is a collaboration of the Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA), International Facility Management Organization (IFMA), International Parking Institute (IPI) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in conjunction with DOE.
The 2016 LEEP campaign participants and award winners added nearly 65 million square feet of additional high-performance lighting in parking facilities and achieved an estimated 60 percent in energy savings compared to existing or baseline numbers.
“From military bases to residential housing complexes, this year’s LEEP award winners represent the best new projects and retrofits in parking facility lighting across the United States,” said Paul Wessel, director, USGBC. “Through the combination of new equipment, proper lighting design and the use of automated controls, this was also the first year that the majority of our LEEP facilities experienced more than 90 percent energy savings in their parking lots.”
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