Making energy-efficient products efficiently-Philips Lightolier doubles down
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.