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NYC Building Owners Hooked on ‘Gateway Drug’ of Energy Efficiency

Lighting is a ‘Gateway Drug to Energy Efficiency’

The Energy Collective, May 26, 2014

Making energy efficiency sexy can be a challenge from a messaging standpoint, but it’s also an extremely effective greenhouse gas reduction tool that throws off considerable dividends in the form of reduced operating costs.

And if efficiency is an easy carbon emission reduction method, then lighting is energy efficiency’s low-hanging fruit “because it’s the cheapest efficiency improvement you can make and people see it,” Richard Yancy, Executive Director of Green Light New York recently told Breaking Energy.

As many home and building owners know, you often have to spend money to save money when it comes to energy efficiency upgrades. Replacing a facility’s HVAC system is a significant investment, but simply replacing a few older components might not qualify for the juicier incentives utilities’ offer.

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