Garelick Farms saves $10,000 a year. AstraZeneca saves $200,000 a year. The Massachusetts businesses you know and love are saving big money every year with clean, efficient energy. These are just some of the stories across the state that are using clean energy to meet their bottom line. What could clean energy do for your company?
Baystate Health knows that energy efficiency improvements keep the high bills away. In a massive remodel across five buildings, the center installed LED lighting and occupancy sensors in hallways and offices. From these energy smart improvements, Baystate saves $384,000 annually. The health center is so thrilled with it’s success, they’re planning on investing in further energy reduction measures, working to lessen consumption by an additional $600,000.
Atlas Box & Crating Company
Atlas Box & Crating Company knows how to think out of the energy box, with bold installations aimed at reducing operating costs. The crating co. reduced electricity consumption by 55% – implementing multi-measure retrofits with two producing and warehousing facilities, including compressed air improvements, and converting lighting to LED fixtures.
The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
Mass biz breaks records, becoming the first university research data center in the country to earn the top rating on LEED certification. The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center features energy-saving improvements, including a clean tech cooling system for computers and recycled building materials.
AstraZeneca: Cutting costs and emissions
AstraZeneca makes drugs that fight cancer, heart disease, and other ailments. By retrofitting old equipment and putting in energy-efficient chillers, high efficiency pumps, variable-speed drives, and high-efficiency lighting at its Westborough factory, the company is saving more than $200,000 a year on energy costs—and cutting greenhouse gas emissions, as well.
New England Appliance and Electronics Group
The New England Appliance and Electronics Group boasts the third largest rooftop solar farm in the state. With its 7,200 panels, the installation produces 2.1 megawatts of energy — enough to power 1,500 households — cutting the company’s electrical costs by 20 percent.
Boston Scientific's co-generation
Boston Scientific figures it was losing about $54,000 every month it waited to put in ambitious energy efficiency measures. Now, the medical device company is saving almost $650,000 a year. One interesting feature: a co-generation project provides free hot water for most of the year, as a side effect of heating and cooling.
Plenus Group: Keeping it cool in the kitchen
Plenus Group is keeping it cool in the kitchen. Installing sophisticated refrigeration controls, new motors, and an advanced energy management system at its cooking and distribution center in Lowell has saved the company 37,000 kWh a year, while boosting quality assurance and efficiency.
Cape Air flies more than 610,000 passengers a year. By renovating HVAC equipment and lighting and upgrading the building envelope at its Hyannis operations center, the airline trimmed electricity use by 25%, and natural gas use by 15%. Cape Air says productivity has climbed by 14%, in part because of increased hours of operation allowed by lighting improvements. Cape Air also has installed a solar power array, and is on its way to be a net-zero electricity importer.
Cedar's Mediterranean Foods
Cedar’s Mediterranean Foods retrofitted equipment and changed pasteurizing procedure at its Haverhill hummus-making headquarters. That cut the company’s electricity use by more than a million kWh a year, and its energy bills by more than $125,000 annually.
Garelick Farms has grown from a single farm to New England’s largest dairy in its 80 years in business. Improving conveyor systems at its Lynn facility is saving more than 124,000 kWh and $10,000 a year.
Genzyme took advantage of comprehensive design and energy modeling assistance to make sure its new six-story, 175,000-square-foot Science Center in Framingham was built with efficiency in mind. From harvesting daylight and maximizing advanced lighting controls, to installing high-efficiency boilers and chillers, the biotech company conducted a successful experiment in energy-efficient building from the ground up.
Hannaford Supermarket in Leominster wanted to cut emissions and energy use, while making sure its organic offerings would be shown to their best advantage. The solution: energy-efficient lighting. The savings: more than $67,000 a year.
Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals
Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals in Boston are on call to deliver world-renowned medical care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. By putting in smart ventilation systems that know when they’re needed and when they can switch off, the hospitals save energy, while keeping patients, employees, and visitors breathing easy. With a projected 71% return on investment, the project is expected to pay for itself in a little over a year.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology replaced the lighting for 1.4 million square feet of space and re-did HVAC, ventilation, and windows in year one of a project to cut the high-tech campus’s electricity usage by 15 percent. The first year, MIT saved more than 13 million kWh.
Yankee Candle is lighting the way on energy efficiency. America’s largest scented-candle company switched to LED lighting and improved the efficiency of its compressed air systems, saving $260,000 a year on electricity bills.
Sea Crest Beach Hotel
The Sea Crest Beach Hotel’s energy efficiency makeover included updated HVAC, windows, and insulation, high-tech lighting, and occupancy sensors that cut energy use in empty rooms. The resort finds its power bills have decreased by $80,000 each year. And guests say they appreciate being able to enjoy the scenic beauty of one of America’s great vacation spots while going a little easier on the environment.
University of Massachusetts Medical School
The University of Massachusetts Medical School has the right prescription for saving energy—and money. A combined heat and power plant also provides the Worcester campus with chilled water. Lighting and medical equipment have been replaced with more efficient models. And new buildings are designed to maximize efficiency from the start. At a time when the cost of anything to do with medical care seems to be rising, the school is cutting operating costs by a healthy $6.5 million a year through a systematic approach to energy efficiency.
Novartis Institutes of Biomedical Research
At Novartis Institutes of Biomedical Research, three buildings comprising 300,000 square feet of lab and office space use 100 percent outdoor air for ventilation, and that requires a lot more energy than using re-circulated air. But by analyzing usage patterns, shifting rates of air flow, setting consistent temperatures across building zones, and adding a night cycle with decreased air flow and grater temperature tolerances, NIBR slashed energy used for ventilation—and is saving $600,000 each year.