Energy Efficiency

Energy-efficiency is defined as the ability to do things better with less effort. If all Americans would practice it everyday, we could reduce waste, greenhouse gas emissions, and our dependence on fossil fuels by up to 30% annually.

The shortest path to reduce consumption is for businesses to invest in energy-efficient technologies that will reduce their operating expense and improve productivity. And in combination with the availability of many federal and state incentives, they can expect a ROI within 2-3 years. More important, they will deliver a message of caring about their employees and the environment.

The most common energy-efficient upgrades include:

  • Lighting – interior and exterior

    • • improve visual comfort, safety, and security
    • • save up to 20% of your annual electricity expense
    • • reduce maintenance costs up to 10%
  • HVAC – office and warehouse

    • • improve air quality, physical comfort, and employee health
    • • save up to 20% of your annual electricity expense
    • • reduce maintenance costs up to 10%
  • Roofing, insulation, exterior walls, windows, doors,
    and flooring

    • • protect and prevent damage to the structural elements and contents of your facility
    • • save up to 7% of your annual electricity expense
    • • reduce maintenance costs up to 10%

BENEFITS

  • Payback Period / Cash-flow Positive

    Typically 2-3 years depending upon facility requirements, incentives and individual tax effect. After payback, the upgrades will provide positive cash-flow vs. prior year to fund future efficiency projects.

  • Incentives and Rebates

    State and federal incentives to offset up to 30% of the initial cost are available if the equipment upgrades meet their respective energy consumption reduction requirements.

  • Energy Expense and Consumption

    Equipment upgrades will reduce energy expense and consumption. Maintenance cost savings will add to the bottom line.

  • Comfort and Safety

    Better employee and customer comfort will lead to improved operating productivity and profitability. Upgraded equipment provides safer employee working conditions.

  • Environmental Effect

    Decrease greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Property Value

    Capital improvement will increase the building’s efficiency to attract future owners or tenants.

  • Marketing Opportunity

    Deliver a message of environmental responsibility to your customers, employees, and community.


What long-term action can we take to reduce our future energy bills?

If your current lighting and HVAC systems are 8+ years old, replacing them with new, high-efficient equipment will significantly reduce your energy usage & resulting bills.

Is it possible that outdated lighting and old HVAC systems could affect the health and well being of our employees?

Absolutely! Inadequate lumen levels may cause eye strain and temperature-controlled air distributed throughout the facility without regard to location may result in numerous hot or cold situations. Another area of concern is the air quality (inside and out), as some manufacturing processes release odors or scents that may have an effect on all they touch.

Are government incentives available to reduce the project costs?

There are many different incentives on both the state and federal levels that you are entitled to depending on the location of your property.  We will work with you to ensure that you receive any and all applicable rebates and incentives.

On average, how much incentive money can we expect to receive on our project?

There are many factors to consider but conservatively, you can plan on 20% of the total project cost.

Upon work completion, how do we collect it and how long will it take?

We will help you prepare the application forms and discuss the process so you’ll be able to track receipt on your own. The local and state authorities will perform inspections to ensure the work was completed as contracted and that your system meets the energy reduction guidelines.

What happens to the old equipment?

We recycle reusable materials, safely discard hazardous materials and dispose of everything else in a proper and responsible manner.

Will maintenance costs go up as a result of this new equipment?

Quite the opposite – they will go down. The high-efficiency equipment will consume less electricity, reduce wear and tear, and also come with new warranties, thus lowering your annual maintenance costs.

How can I reduce my lighting costs?

Though the energy used by a single light is small, if you use energy-efficient practices with all your lights, the savings can add up. To reduce your lighting costs, consider:

  • Evaluating your lighting needs
  • Replacing outdated fluorescent fixtures with new energy efficient fixtures and electronic ballasts. 
  • Replacing old exit lights with new energy efficient fixtures that use LED technology.
  • Installing controls such as timers, time clocks or photocells to ensure that exterior lights are turned off at the appropriate time.
  • Replacing incandescent lights with ENERGY STAR®-qualified compact fluorescent lights can reduce lighting costs by up to 70 percent and last up to eight times longer.

What are some HVAC improvements we can make to save energy?

The most common high-efficient equipment replacements include: chillers, cooling towers, condensing boilers, heat pumps, and central air handlers.

Can we improve the air quality in our facility?

The simple answer is to remove more of the inside air and accelerate the amount of fresh, outside air circulating through the building. This can be achieved by adding a high performance energy recovery ventilator (ERV) to your existing HVAC system. Duct cleaning and installation of a new HVAC system will also help improve air quality.

Our HVAC system runs 24/7. At times, heating and cooling areas with no employees or activity. What can we do that will enable us to gain control and reduce our expense?

The most effective measure would be to add sensors/controls and dampers that can be strategically installed to manage air delivery to specific areas on demand.

What are building automation systems?

Building Automation Systems enable facilities to be electronically managed so the HVAC equipment, lighting and security systems will perform at their most efficient levels. The data they collect and store will allow your facility manager to respond quickly to changing conditions and ensure an efficient, comfortable, productive, and safe work environment for all.

How will we know if our current roof needs replacement?

Roof materials deteriorate at different rates depending on the climate and weather. If you begin to see leaks in multiple locations and repair doesn't seem to correct the problems, it may be time to consider a new roof.

What can I do to improve the work conditions in the offices located along the perimeter of my building? At times they are too sunny, hot or cold.

Besides demand-control solutions, you may consider: window replacement, tinted window film or wall insulation. Our energy specialist will survey your facility and identify a solution that meets your needs and fits your budget. 

Federal

Financial Incentives
http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/index.cfm?State=US&ee=0&re=1

Energy Star
http://www.energystar.gov/

American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)
http://www.recovery.gov/About/Pages/The_Act.aspx

US Green Building Council (USGBC)
http://www.usgbc.org/

American Society of Heating, Refrigeration & air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
http://www.ashrae.org/

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
http://nema.org/

National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA)
http://www.nrca.net/

New Jersey

Financial Incentives
http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/index.cfm?re=0&ee=1&spv=0&st=0&srp=1&state=NJ

NJ Economic Development Authority (EDA)
http://www.njeda.com/web/default.aspx

New Jersey Clean Energy Program (NJCEP)
http://www.njcleanenergy.com/

NJ Smart Start Buildings (SSB)
http://www.njcleanenergy.com/commercial-industrial/programs/nj-smartstart-buildings/nj-smartstart-buildings

Pay 4 Performance (P4P)
http://www.njcleanenergy.com/commercial-industrial/programs/pay-performance

Direct Install (DI)
http://www.njcleanenergy.com/commercial-industrial/programs/direct-install

Master Plan (NJEMP)
http://nj.gov/emp/index.shtml

New York

Financial Incentives
http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/index.cfm?re=0&ee=1&spv=0&st=0&srp=1&state=NY

Energy Smart
http://www.getenergysmart.org/

Pennsylvania

Financial Incentives
http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/index.cfm?re=0&ee=1&spv=0&st=0&srp=1&state=PA

ARRA-PA
http://www.recovery.pa.gov/portal/server.pt/community/recovery_pa_gov/5994

GLOSSARY OF TERMS

U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Basics
http://www.eere.energy.gov/basics/glossary.html