Geatain found incentives and tax deductions to cover over 70% of project costs, resulting in a payback of less than one year and savings of over $30,000 per year.
Geatain evaluated a manufacturing warehouse for lighting and utility rate savings. The existing warehouse had metal halide lights which consumed excessive amounts of energy. Geatain evaluated operations and offered a few innovative solutions beyond simple lighting replacement. First, Geatain reviewed available lighting replacements and talked to a number of leading manufacturers to recommend state-of-the-art T5 bulb replacements to provide higher lighting levels at lower consumption rates. Second, Geatain evaluated the operations of the warehouse and determined that the lighting in many of the aisles could be turned off and not affect operations. Geatain recommended the use of occupancy sensors to turn off the lighting in the aisles that were not in use. The results are a savings of more than $20,000 per year in lighting costs alone.
Geatain evaluated existing natural gas and electrical costs for savings. Existing bills were coordinated, categorized and evaluated for potential savings. Natural gas and electrical consumption from over five separate buildings were included. Geatain determined that an annual savings of over $5,000 for natural gas and $5,000 for electricity were achievable. In all, the project results in an annual savings of over $30,000 per year for the manufacturer.
Geatain is currently evaluating the warehouse to confirm that it could become a net-zero building, meaning it may produce more energy than it consumes. Additional energy may be used to offset energy costs at other buildings or to create a new revenue stream for the manufacturer. The net-zero improvements would have a payback of less than three years.
Geatain specializes in energy savings for all types of buildings. We typically save existing buildings 20-30% of their utility bills and new buildings 50-75% of projected utility bills.
Geatain identified daylighting, insulation, ventilation, heat reclamation and loading dock savings totaling over $75,000 per year.
Geatain consulted with a national bakery who were moving into a new warehouse close to a major international airport. Using a whole building approach, Geatain evaluated the new space and identified many opportunities for energy conservation focusing on the food preparation nature of the space. Savings will produce over $75,000 per year in new revenue.
The existing warehouse contained metal roofing which was poorly insulated. Geatain identified several insulation alternatives to provide energy savings. Storing up heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer leads to energy savings. Ventilation schemes and operations improvements were identified to lower energy costs. Air dampeners and economizers were allowed to ren the full year without seasonal adjustments. These practices lead to higher energy bills than necessary.
Daylighting was examined as an opportunity to lower artificial lighting levels. The building was well-suited for natural light and a complete daylighting layout was proposed. During sunny days, daylighting is expected to provide more than 80% of lighting needs. During the long summer days, the savings from daylighting will be substantial. In addition, lighting levels were evaluated and compared to space requirements. It was discovered that lighting levels were higher than necessary and adjustments were possible. Lowering lighting levels will provide significant energy savings.
Geatain is fully investigating alternatives to capture baking heat for winter heating purposes. Reclaiming heat from baking processes is a popular means to offset heating demands in winter.
Loading docks are a prime area of wasted energy when ventilation escapes through open loading bay doors. The seals between the door and the building were discovered to not be completely airtight. A full building evaluation is being conducted to identify sources of lost ventilation. Sealing up these leaks will lead to significant savings.
The ten measures offered savings of almost $2.5 million during the remaining lease term.
A large manufacturer in Westchester County consulted with Geatain to lower energy costs. The manufacturer spends $1.3 to $1.5 million per year on energy. Geatain discussed several energy conservation measures with the manufacturer with an immediate impact on cash flow. Geatain identified ten measures to save the manufacturer almost $2.5 million during the remaining lease term. Many of the measures have a less than two year return.
The manufacturer decided to pursue lighting and HVAC monitoring measures, including hardware, software and operational changes. In all, the projected savings were over $100,000 per year.
The monitoring systems will provide the manufacturer with the ability to manage and control lighting and HVA systems. These systems include various switches, controllers, actuators and devices to remotely operate the existing lighting and HVA systems. The lighting and HVA systems will be controlled through a central monitoring station, which will monitor and control the lighting and comfort levels. Theses systems provide:
Increased levels of comfort and more satisfied employees.
Effective monitoring and targeting of energy consumption.
Improved equipment reliability and life.
Lower operating costs.
Rapid alarm indication and fault diagnosis.
Computerized maintenance scheduling.