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Over $30m in services provided since 2007.
Cost Savings Through Energy Reduction
More and more of our customers are finding cost savings from energy reducing initiatives. In a
recent conversation with one of our LEED certified customers, the facility Energy Manager stated
that their utility bills had been over $6 million per year. One of the projects
they completed not long ago was a LED lighting replacement project in one of their main buildings.
The Energy Manager stated that their first year savings was more than expected, reducing their
consumption by 500,000 kw/hours per year in one building.
I asked him where their greatest saving was as far as return on investment and he stated that most of
the projects they were working on were Variable Frequency Drives (VFD’s) on all air handlers and
pumps and lighting.
Many customers don’t have the expertise internally to embark on these aggressive
endeavors to save energy and reduce waste. Many ask the question, “Where
do I start?”
The answer for this question varies by your needs, but most of the
time an energy audit is usually the best first step. Energy audits look at
historical consumption based on utility bills and identify current processes
and potential for future savings. An audit can also help you prioritize projects
to maximize your return by starting with the most urgent solutions.
LED Lighting Tech is Worth a Second Look
Through numerous conversations with facility managers we have heard disappointing remarks
about LED lighting.
“LED lighting doesn’t look good; LED lighting is too expensive to install, etc.”
We recently spent some time with some industry experts who suggest that LED technology
has come a long way and is definitely worth a second look.
Joyce Turnbull, Grainger Government Account Manager, states,
“Lithonia, Philips, Cooper, and GE are some of the major manufacturers that
are providing outstanding LED lighting products. They are providing
energy-saving alternatives for fluorescent, incandescent, halogen,
metal halide and high pressure sodium lamps and fixtures".
LED fixtures and lamps provide 25-50% wattage savings with up to 60,000 hours rated
light. LED fixtures are available in wall-packs, parking lots, roadways,
2x2 and 2x4 troffers. Most major lighting manufacturers offer LED
alternates to replace A-19s, MR16, PAR lamps,candelabras, etc.
Eliminating ballasts in fixtures and providing fully-dimmable capabilities
are another cost-saving advantage to LED fixtures along with in some cases
up to 30% less fixtures for the same lumens. Lightharvesting, occupancy
sensors and linking into building automations systems are new technologies that provide
even greater energy controls.
See the Difference, Feel the Savings
As you can see in the photo, the LED lighting in the background provides
more lumens with as much as 50% less wattage compared to the high efficiency fluorescent
in the foreground. LED’s are available in various color spectrums such as
warm white, cool white, etc. College of Crystal Lake Maintenance Supervisor (IL), Steven
Smith is extremely pleased with the results!
Rebates and Incentives
Nearly every state and utility company has a rebate or incentive
program for energy reduction programs. Rebates and incentives are a great
way to justify projects from a cost standpoint and in some cases can even
provide the funding for implementation. A great site for educating yourself
on the programs available is the Database of State Incentives for Renewables
and Efficiency. Visit http://www.dsireusa.org/
About Our Organization…
Kepa Services Inc. (KEPA) is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned (SDVO) and 8(a) certified Company.
As a Professional Construction Management Services Firm, we specialize in General Contracting,
Design-Build Construction for government and commercial projects as well as safety
compliance, and energy reduction services.
KEPA's owners and management staff have, on average, over ten years of experience in
multi-million dollar project management for most federal, state, and local government entities, as
well as larger commercial clients such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield, GE,and Siemens.
Kepa has also started a mentor-protégé with TCI, a government facility design, engineering and
contracting firm. Kepa also has a partnership with Grainger, a GSA schedule approved LED
fixture provider. With strong partners, we can provide one stop solutions for your energy needs.