Leviton reduces energy use at Texas facility
Annual savings of $137,000 and a three-month ROI are projected for initiative that encompasses the plant's lighting system, roof, and compressed air systems.
As part of its corporate
sustainability initiatives, Leviton Manufacturing Company, a producer of
electrical and electronic wiring devices and systems, recently completed a
capital investment project to reduce annual energy consumption and carbon
emissions at its El Paso, TX, manufacturing plant. The project
involved upgrades to the plant's lighting system, roof and compressed air
systems and is expected to reduce electricity use by 2.1 million kilowatt-hours
a year, with a projected annual savings of $137,000.
The reduced electricalconsumption will also spare annual carbon dioxide emissions, which according tothe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), equals that produced by nearly 300cars. The efficiency upgrades were conducted in conjunction with El PasoElectric as part of the utility's Commercial Solutions Program, a free programthat provides technical and financial support to businesses that implement energyefficiency upgrades.
"Before the upgrade, eight of ourcompressors operated continuously because they were controlled individually," saidJohn Christie, manager of facilities and maintenance at Leviton's El Paso plant.works."
A three-month payback has beenforecasted for the project.
Last year, Leviton relocated itsworld headquarters to a state-of-the-art "green building" that is outfittedwith daylight harvesting and shade control systems to reduce lighting usage, occupancysensors in office areas to automatically turn lighting on and off, and low-flowtoilets and sensor-controlled sinks in the building's restrooms. Employees withhybrid vehicles receive choice parking spots in an indoor parking garage andrecycling bins are set up on all 5 floors of the building to promote recyclingand reduce landfill.
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