Mak­ing en­ergy-ef­fi­cient prod­ucts ef­fi­ciently-Philips Lightolier dou­bles down

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Af­ter over 30 years of in­ter­nally en­gi­neered en­ergy sav­ing ef­forts, Philips Lightolier, based in Fall River, Mas­sachusetts, had made in­cred­i­ble strides at re­duc­ing its im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment. A re­duc­tion in volatile or­ganic com­pound (VOC) emis­sions by a whop­ping 99% was achieved while us­age of toxic chem­i­cals, elec­tric­ity, nat­u­ral gas, and wa­ter also dropped pre­cip­i­tously. How­ever, as a global leader in man­u­fac­tur­ing highly ef­fi­cient LED light­ing so­lu­tions, Philips Lightolier was not about to sit still. En­ergy sav­ings is in its blood. Af­ter all it had ac­com­plished, how­ever, the com­pany needed a lit­tle help find­ing new ar­eas where it could im­prove ef­fi­ciency.

Na­tional Grid, with help from its en­gi­neer­ing part­ner Lei­dos, iden­ti­fied 12 ad­di­tional en­ergy sav­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. The largest of th­ese in­cluded plac­ing highly ef­fi­cient vari­able-speed mo­tors on the fa­cil­ity’s ex­haust fans, re­sult­ing in an 80% re­duc­tion in en­ergy us­age dur­ing off hours. The cost of the project was $47,953, but af­ter an in­cen­tive of $23,977 pro­vided by Na­tional Grid, the in­vest­ment paid for it­self in en­ergy cost sav­ings in just six months.

Yet it was the sec­ondary ben­e­fits from the smaller projects that re­ally stood out. Com­pressed air leaks were fixed, al­low­ing more power to get to the air tools, which in­creased pro­duc­tiv­ity. Light­ing was up­graded, en­hanc­ing vis­i­bil­ity and cre­at­ing a safer, more com­fort­able work en­vi­ron­ment. And the com­pany’s com­mit­ment to the en­vi­ron­ment has shown the mar­ket­place that it leads by ex­am­ple. Philips Lightolier has used cre­at­ing a cul­ture of en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity in its fa­cil­ity as a ma­jor driver in its growth strat­egy.

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