This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

May 26, 2004

Energy Efficiency Comes to Auto Factories and Commercial Buildings

Energy efficiency remains one of the best energy investments an individual or organization can make, as is currently being demonstrated in a wide variety of facilities. Honda of America Manufacturing, for instance, unveiled plans in early May to build a new $123 million paint facility at its auto plant in Marysville, Ohio. The new facility will incorporate high-efficiency ovens, air-recycling systems, and highly efficient variable drive motors to reduce energy use by 34 percent. Honda is also constructing a 20-million-gallon pond system behind the plant that will recycle rainwater to cool the plant in warm-weather months. The 7-acre pond will save tens of thousands of dollars in energy costs and significantly reduce the use of groundwater. See the Honda press release.

Office buildings are also excellent targets for energy savings, as Orion Energy Systems recently demonstrated at Fastenal's distribution center in Atlanta, Georgia. An energy-efficient lighting system is saving Fastenal about a third of a million kilowatt-hours per year, and new motion sensors are expected to cut lighting costs by an additional 15 to 20 percent. See the Orion Energy Systems press release.