Manufacturers, schools, churches, and clinics throughout the Buckeye State could cut tens of millions of dollars a year on their energy bills, thanks to a new pioneering financial tool launching today by the Council of Smaller Enterprises, efficiency-services financer Metrus Energy, and CalCEF, an organization focused on accelerating clean energy technologies. The new Ohio Efficiency Resource Fund provides | Read More
Small business owners are always looking for ways to save on unnecessary expenses and capitalize on profits. Watching the bottom line is a crucial and necessary task. Still many business owners don’t think about energy savings at the office like they do at home. But many are missing the opportunity for monthly savings. And there’s | Read More
New energy-efficiency requirements have created a large market for energy-efficient lighting equipment in the US and can reduce electrical costs by up to 30% per month. Consumers are eager to not only adopt products that have the least impact on the environment, but also reduce energy consumption. Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin said, “Buildings consume | Read More
DID YOU KNOW THAT…. The commercial building sector is the largest electric energy consumption segment in the U.S. It currently represents almost 20 percent of all energy use and is growing faster than any other market segment. Given the sheer magnitude of energy use in commercial buildings, any measures designed to save energy in the | Read More
Lighting rebates are a challenge for many facility executives — especially those who oversee portfolios that span multiple states. Each utility typically has slightly different eligibility requirements. The good news is that despite the variations from utility to utility, most utility rebate programs can be broken down into two types of programs: prescriptive rebates and | Read More
For many commercial buildings in America, lighting represents about one-third of the total energy consumed. On average, over half of the lighting fixtures in commercial buildings operate for more than 10 hours a day and collectively consume more than 87 terawatt hours of electricity annually, which is equivalent to the energy used by nearly 3 | Read More
The largest consumer of energy in the entire world is the U.S. military so it’s no surprise that with energy costs only getting higher, the Pentagon and the U.S. Defense Department are now forcing the military to drastically reduce energy consumption. For many installations and bases lighting consumes approximately 25 percent of the total energy | Read More
Public facilities around the state of Illinois are eligible for financial incentives through the state’s Illinois Energy Now program to upgrade to more energy efficient lighting prior to the phase-out for certain types of fluorescent lamps next year. The Western Illinois Regional Council Community Development staff can help public facilities be more successful in obtaining these financial incentives by assisting with the application process.
On January 24 the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a report showing that the adoption of energy-efficient lighting products in the United States has increased over the last decade. The 2010 U.S. Lighting Market Characterization report examines the current conditions and broad trends in the U.S. lighting market, broken down by technology and sector. The study shows that in 2010, lighting used approximately 700 terawatt-hours (TWh), or nearly 19% of the electricity produced in the United States.