VTrans equips state garages with efficient lighting

VTrans commitment to energy-efficiency lighting is part of the agencies participation in the State Agency Energy Plan that aims to reduce energy consumption in state agency buildings by 20 percent by 2012. In addition to the garage project, the VTrans energy team is also looking into large and small energy efficiency measures including locks on thermostats, occupancy sensors, exterior lighting, no idling rules, new pumps and using biodiesel fuel for its fleet of trucks.

The VTrans team recognized that by tapping into the SRMRF revolving fund and working with Efficiency Vermont, they could improve their working conditions and lead by example when it comes to energy efficiency and being environmentally conscious, said Nicole Carpenter, project manager at Efficiency Vermont. Lighting is often the most effective way for businesses to reduce their energy costs.

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