GM Increases Energy Efficiency of Ohio Plant, Saves Energy and the Planet

(3BL Media/Just Means) - GM’s Parma Metal Center in Ohio has gone through a revamp that has made the facility more energy efficient. Through a collaboration with General Electric, the plant’s baler house underwent a project to replace 80 metal halide and fluorescent fixtures with 68 LED fixtures from Albeo Technologies. The result: more than $30,000 in annual savings plus an extra $8,000 in annual maintenance costs.

GM said the upfront investment ran close to $55,0000, so in about a year it will get its money back and make real savings thenceforth. The environment will also benefit as less energy spent means fewer GHG emissions. The upgrades will save more than 500,000 kilowatt hours of electricity which, which prevents 354 metric tons of CO2 being dumped into the atmosphere. That amount of electricity would be enough to power 50 homes for a year GM has committed to reduce energy use at its global facilities by 20 percent by 2020.

The company is on its way to achieve that goal since between 2010 and 2012 only, its has managed to score a 7 percent reduction. Light management is one of the key components to reduce energy use.

Energy efficiency is one of the quickest, most economical ways to increase sustainability. It does not require game-changing new technologies, can be implemented immediately and leads to financial savings. It’s a win-win situation.

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