Energy Efficiency

Bright Lights, Bright Futures

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HOW LED STREET LIGHTS CAN BRIGHTEN SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN┬áCOMMUNITIES If metro Detroit converted 50,000 street lights to LED technology, what kind of impact would that make? Cities and taxpayers alike would benefit from the cost savings, and our region would move one more step from rust belt to green belt. On Wednesday, November 13th, city staff Read more…

Two Cities go LED (video)

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Pedestrians and drivers on John R. Road in Hazel Park may notice new fixtures on street lights thanks to energy-saving LED lights the City has installed. These new LED street lights are more efficient than the previous lights, helping the city save energy and money while improving the aesthetics of the downtown area. The project Read more…

Hazel Park lights up John R Road with LEDs

Pedestrians and drivers on John R. Road in Hazel Park may notice new fixtures on street lights thanks to energy-saving LED lights the city has installed. These new LED street lights are more efficient than the previous lights, helping the city save energy and money while improving the aesthetics of the downtown area. The project Read more…

Energy Guide for Local Governments

The EPA has released a great guide for local governments interested in Energy Efficiency. This document covers not only an overview of good projects for reducing energy use and greenhouse gas production, but it also includes strategies for successfully implementing a program and paying for it. Note that this guide is part of a series Read more…

LED Streetlights in Lincoln Park (video)

LED street lighting saves money and energy

By replacing their old mercury vapor streetlights with new LED technology, the City of Lincoln Park will be cutting their lighting bills in half! Street lighting is typically the biggest cost for a city, and LEDs can be a great investment. The bulbs produce more light using less energy, and they also last an average Read more…

Easy savings at Hazel Park ice arena (video)

Hazel Park Ice Arena energy savings project

One simple change is saving lots of energy at Hazel Park’s Viking Ice Arena! The problem Every hockey fan has watched the Zamboni go around the rink between periods, scraping shavings off the ice and leaving a smooth surface for skaters. But have you ever thought about where all that ice goes?

Facade improvement at Madison Heights City Hall (video)

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Madison Heights’ City Hall was built in the 1960s, when energy efficiency was not a high priority. The building was cold all winter long and cost a fortune to heat. A building assessment performed by the Energy Office discovered that large gaps in the walls of the building were allowing lots of cold air to Read more…

Southgate installs solar panels and efficient lighting (with video)

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The City of Southgate has been taking some bold steps to reach its goal of reducing the City’s energy use by 25% by the year 2015. They found two cost-effective, long-term solutions to their energy needs. Efficient lighting upgrades First, the city reduced its total energy use by replacing their light bulbs with more efficient Read more…

In-house team reduces energy costs by 35%

DOE National Laboratory saved 35% of its energy through retro commissioning.

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington DC engaged an internal team to spearhead retro-commissioning the building, choosing low- or no-cost improvement strategies that saved hundreds of thousands of dollars per year and reduced energy costs by 35%.