ENERGY FACT: LIGHTING COSTS
COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS ROUGHLY
$38 BILLION PER YEAR, ACCORDING
TO THE DOE.
Cities Take the Lead for Energy
As more cities start to implement benchmark re-
porting and building codes to encourage energy ef-
ficiency, it’s important for facility mangers to keep
tabs on what their local governments might have in the
pipeline. A report from NREL details what major metros
are doing to reduce their carbon footprint.
The analysis looks at a sample of 20 cities across the
United States from Los Angeles to Boston. It compares
climate, sustainability and energy plans to better understand how cities are creating policies and measuring their
impacts. Common goals include reducing carbon emissions, improving energy efficiency, increasing renewable
energy, and promoting biking and walking.
The survey found that of the key actions a city would
take to improve its energy profile, 26% of municipal efforts
were aimed at building efficiency. These include policies
n Require various levels of LEED certification
n Encourage net-zero energy buildings
n Set standards for greening historic properties
n Provide incentives to upgrade equipment, including
lighting, HVAC and water pumps
n Promote the use of energy management systems
The report is part of the Cities Leading through Energy
Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP) project, which deliv-
ers energy data and analysis that enables cities to make
clean energy decisions.
The DOE has proposed new standards designed to
reduce the amount of energy consumed by beverage vending machines, a move that is projected to
cut energy use by 25-65% relative to the least efficient machines currently sold, as well as saving $400 million to $1.1
billion for property owners over the devices’ 30-year life.
The new standard would update current rules and establish new guidelines for combination vending machines
that offer both beverages and snack items.
New components such as compressors and fan motors
with improved efficiency and better heat exchangers will
be key for compliance with the new rules, and energy-saving control strategies in both lighting and refrigeration
will also be important.
The new requirements are expected to be published
in February 2016, with the rules taking effect three years
Standards to Reduce Vending
Machine Energy Consumption