LEEP for Joy at Big Parking Energy Savings

THE U.S. Energy Department’s Better Building Alliance started a campaign to help cut energy consumption for businesses through the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign.

As part of the Campaign 18 organisations so far have been official recognised for leading the way in efficient outdoor lighting. In the past 12 months, these organizations have committed to install energy efficient lighting across more than 470 million square feet of parking space, cutting energy use on average by 60%.

The Energy Department claim that across the U.S. building owners spend more than $16 billion annually to light parking lots and garages, but by improving all outdoor lighting by 60%, American building owners could save more than $9 billion annually across the 215 billion square feet of parking facilities.

“It might only take one person to change a light bulb, but it took dedicated efforts by the many thoughtful leaders of LEEP award winners to demonstrate how much can be gained through advanced, cost effective lighting technologies in parking lots and garages,” said Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, David Danielson. “These innovative solutions also enhance safety and improve working conditions for customers, tenants and employees.”

Altogether, 2014 and 2015 LEEP award winners are saving nearly 30 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) and $3 million each year by upgrading to high efficiency metal halide, fluorescent, and LED solutions that last three times longer than previously-used lightin technologies, and by using controls to reduce energy use when parking facilities are not in use.

Some LEEP award-winning sites have reduced their energy use by as much as 90%. To date, more than 140 U.S. businesses and organizations are participating in the campaign and planning or installing energy efficient lighting in their parking lots and garages.

Picture of U.S. Parking Lot by Milton Dawson reproduced under CCL.

Monday 6th July 2015

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