When it comes to evaluating the future potential of energy efficiency, there are two solutions to consider: one solution is upgrading the power generation mix with cleaner energy sources; and, the second solution is to use energy more efficiently, reducing the need for expansions in generation capacity. These two approaches are not mutually exclusive, and can in fact achieve a great degree of synergy if implemented together.
A recent study by ACEEE (American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy) shows that energy efficiency costs less; a cost lower than any other new electricity resource option. What does that mean? Well, frankly, we are trending toward a day when there will not be enough capacity to provide electricity to everyone, every minute of every day across the U.S. In some areas of the country, that day is fast approaching.
With the cost of energy increasing year to year, more people are trying to save energy and save money at home. This practice can be duplicated in the workplace, where millions of businesses are still using extreme amounts of energy and wasting a lot of money. Continue reading “Energy Saving Tips For Your Workplace”
Environmentally friendly practices are currently on the rise and customers are becoming more and more aware of the need to use eco-friendly products and businesses. Thus it is really important your business plays a part in this trend as well, so we lend a hand by offering up some advice on 5 Ways To Make Your Business Green. Continue reading “5 Ways To Make Your Business Green and Save your money”
To combat the rising costs of electricity and minimize the headaches associated with frequent bulb and fixture replacements, Magic Restaurants made the decision to implement energy efficient EnergyWise LED lighting in an existing Burger King Restaurant scheduled for a 2020 remodel. The 10-year savings projections on electric and maintenance costs for the project are in excess of $180,000.
After speaking with several other Burger King Franchisees who had successfully made the transition to incorporate EnergyWise LED lighting, Magic Restaurants owners Constantine Vrailas and George Vrailas decided to make the conversion. Burger King Store #11088 presented a wonderful opportunity to update old T12 fluorescent fixtures on the interior of the restaurant, and many high-wattage fixtures on the building and in the parking lot. Many of these sold fixtures required regular maintenance and attention that impacted operations and finances.
EnergyWise Helps Procure Utility Rebates
To make the transition easier, EnergyWise provided its Utility Rebate Procurement Services to secure a commitment from TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) for a rebate under its Energy Right Solutions Program. This incentive rebate is expected to pay for approximately 60% of the cost of the EnergyWise LED lighting products installed in the restaurant.
Burger King Store #11088 is now the most energy efficient of Magic Restaurant’s stores, and one of the most energy efficient quick service restaurants in the U.S. While incorporating energy efficiency measures into the new Burger King helps Magic Restaurants reach its’ financial savings goals, it also helps to further emphasize their vision for sustainability.
Energy Efficient EnergyWise LED Lighting Products Incorporated
Interior LED Lighting
Standard Fluorescent 2×4 Recessed Fixtures With 34W Fluorescent Tubes Retrofitted with 18W EnergyWise LED Tubes
Hanging Pendant Fixtures With 65W Incandescent Bulbs had 6W EnergyWise LED Bulbs Installed
Exterior LED Lighting
Metal Halide 1000W Fixtures Were Replaced by 245W EnergyWise LED Area Lights
Metal Halide 150W Wall Pack Fixture was Replaced by a 35W EnergyWise LED Wall Pack
Metal Halide 150W Soffit Fixtures were Replaced by a 36W EnergyWise LED Soffit/Canopy Lights
The EnergyWise LED lighting will achieve greater than 70% electric savings over the standard fixtures and bulbs that were originally specified in the plans. The interior and exterior of the store will enjoy much better lighting, providing an inviting and secure environment for Burger Kings’ Lewisburg, Tennessee patrons to visit and enjoy a Whopper and fries.
EnergyWise Uncovers Building Performance Issues at FBI Building, Saving Thousands on Electricity Each Month
Larry Blumberg and Associates
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
14,857 sq. ft. LEED Silver Certified Commercial Office Building
EnergyWise Products & Services:
Commercial Energy Audit
Energy Monitoring With Data Loggers
Commercial Energy Modeling
Larry Blumberg & Associates operates over 16 government office buildings, 68 hotels, and 2 restaurants across the U.S. This commercial building was built to the United States Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Silver Certification standards for the intended use by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Field Office in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Property Manager Larry Johnston of Blumberg & Associates describes the problem, “I contacted Energy Wise because our electric bills were double what they were projected to be based on the energy model incorporated by our original design and construction team and we believed an extensive commercial energy audit and energy monitoring were necessary.”
The building is managed and operational costs are paid by Larry Blumberg & Associates. The building was LEED certified and had a full energy model performed for LEED credit by a 3rd party.
Building was modeled to consume 11,000 kWh/month (which is approximately 27% less than the average commercial building built in 2012). The actual energy consumption (during the three month period of May, June and July of 2012) averaged 50,240 kWh/month EnergyWise was called upon to do a thorough commercial energy audit, help pinpoint the problem, and find a solution.
The property manager expected total monthly electrical bills to hover around $1,500 per month and was faced with bills exceeding $4,000 per month after opening the facility.
Commercial Energy Audit Results
Consumption data was taken from each electrical panel using data loggers in order to determine where the main draws of electricity were coming from.
After a 30 day period of data was collected, it was determined that two panels containing several single-room air conditioning units were drawing large amounts of electricity.
With the information collected by the EnergyWise team, the building’s management was able to contact the air conditioning contractor to further investigate the problem.
Mr. Johnston stated, “Jennifer and Scott at EnergyWise conducted their commercial energy audit and through the use of data loggers determined the high usage was coming from two electrical panels. The two electrical panels only had HVAC units on them so based on the information provided by Energy Wise we were able to go back to the contractor that installed the systems and prove to them something was wrong. After some adjustments to the systems, our energy usage was cut in half to the levels the energy modeling was projecting. Thanks Jennifer and Scott!”
This proves the value of an extensive commercial energy audit and monitoring by trained and certified professional energy auditors like Jennifer Waddick at EnergyWise when electrical consumption is excessive. Many times problems can be uncovered, saving wasted energy and hundreds, or as it was in this case, thousands of dollars each month.