The new New York Times building has seen over $315,000 in savings due to their green lighting system.
Lutron Electronics, whose Quantum total light management system is featured in the building, released the performance data yesterday.
The 52-story high New York Times building, opened in late 2007, was designed to produce a large reduction in energy savings, or 1.28 watts per square foot. Glen Hughes, Director of Construction for the NY Times Co. during the design, installation and commissioning of their new building, said “with Quantam (lighting), it’s only using 0.38 – that’s 70 percent less!”
Quantum lighting optimizes light use, dimming or switching all electric lighting, controlling daylight by using automated window shades. The Quantum’s software shows real-time energy savings and reports 30-day energy use and savings.
Over three of the past four seasons, the performance of the lighting system exceeded all expectations . Here are the figures released by Hughes and Lutron:
• 0.37 watts per square foot in winter 2008-2009
• 0.37 watts per square foot in fall 2008
• 0.33 watts per square foot in summer 2008
• 0.38 watts per square foot in spring 2008
Hughes said the lighting system paid for itself in less than a year.
With this level of energy reduction and operating cost savings, perhaps other large corporations can afford to make the switch.
To infinity and beyond!
Well, at least to the U.S. Space Station. The US astronauts are now enjoying recycled water in space. See a video clip of first tasting (which looks pretty good) at http://tinyurl.com/qulhy5.
It’s an awesome accomplishment – straight out of the movie “Water World”. Just don’t think about where the clear water came from.
Residential solar panels – generally a hefty $25,000 or more to install – can now be leased for a fraction of the cost in Massachusetts.
Sun Run has entered the solar lease business in the Bay state, the first company to do so. Now homeowners can pay an up-front fee of $1,000, sign up for an 18-year long-term lease (similar to signing up for cable TV) and have solar panels installed on their roofs. Homeowners will likely make back their investment within 7 years or less and, by locking in the rate they pay for electricity generated, will save on future bills as well.
SunRun owns the solar panels but partners with local installers like Alteris Renewables and groSolar in Massachusetts. Homeowners who sign up to lease their panels don’t have to worry about upkeep or breakage. If a panel breaks, it’s replaced at no extra charge. Homeowners also don’t have to worry about details like tying the panels in to the electric grid or applying for the rebates and subsidies as the companies gets the state and federal subsidies (it owns the panels).
But homeowners do have some perks and options. When they move, they can transfer their solar agreement to the new homeowner, buy out the contract, or purchase the panels.
Governor Deval Patrick is hoping “solar as a service” will help Massachussetts reach an ambitious goal of getting 250 megawatts of solar power by 2017. Currently the state has $68 million available for solar electricity rebates between 2008 and 2011.
bankWith the introduction and growing marketing of ethanol, the loss of food corn created food shortages around the globe.
Regardless of this, new ethanol-based products are coming to market that manufacturers hope consumers will go wild about. In time for hot summer days and family cook-outs, uGo has reintroduced their FlameDisk Charcoal Alternative.
With claims of being environmentally-friendly, the FlameDisk boasts it will reduce carbon monoxide output by 99% and deliver 91 percent lower VOC. It’s recyclable packaging is also aimed at reducing waste.
According to Sierra Magazine, on July 4th, Americans in the US will burn enough charcoal to power 20,000 households for one year. uGo boasts that the Flame Disk is faster, easier and cleaner than wood or charcoal burning methods and won’t alter the taste of our favorite foods.
Available online and at national hardware stores, this sounds like a cool alternative. BUT considering the product’s source (food corn diverted to make ethanol for recreational use), plus the fact that 4 ethanol production plants just filed for bankruptcy, perhaps we need to find another alternative.
Grupo Bimbo SAB de CV of Mexico City, a multi-national baking corporation, has introduced what they claim is the world’s first oxodegradable metal polypropylene snack bags.