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New York State is com­mit­ted to sav­ing en­ergy and pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment. The New York Power Au­thor­ity, in con­junc­tion with Builds­mart NY, calls for a 20% in­crease in en­ergy ef­fi­ciency in all state build­ings by 2020. A loftier goal set by the State calls for a 40% re­duc­tion in statewide emis­sions by 2030. State build­ings all over New York are im­ple­ment­ing en­ergy ef­fi­ciency ini­tia­tives to do their part to re­duce en­ergy us­age and reach that goal. One such en­tity is the New York State Mu­seum, lo­cated in Al­bany.

In a mu­seum, light­ing is ev­ery­thing, but in the New York State Mu­seum it was out-of-date and in­ef­fi­cient. With the help of a $135,000 in­cen­tive from Na­tional Grid, the mu­seum was able to re­place all of its old light fix­tures with ap­prox­i­mately 2,000 high-per­for­mance LED track lights. The re­sults were il­lu­mi­nat­ing.

New, ef­fi­cient light­ing re­duced the mu­seum’s an­nual en­ergy and maintenance costs by nearly $200,000. The mu­seum will be paid back on its in­vest­ment in just four years, and the con­tin­ued sav­ings will lower costs to tax­pay­ers for years to come. Fur­ther­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal goals, the new light­ing re­duced green­house gas emis­sions by 900 tons an­nu­ally, equal to tak­ing 190 cars off the road. What re­ally im­pressed, how­ever, was that the new light­ing im­proved the ex­pe­ri­ence of hun­dreds of thou­sands of visitors an­nu­ally by en­hanc­ing vis­i­bil­ity and pro­gram­ming op­tions, en­cour­ag­ing fu­ture vis­its. As elo­quently put by Al­bany Assem­bly­man John T. Mcdon­ald III, “What bet­ter way to show off his­tory than in a new light?”

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