Municipal wastewater and drinking water systems account for approximately 35 percent of the energy consumed by municipalities.
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Municipal governments oversee large and small administrative buildings, libraries, indoor and outdoor recreation centers, schools, and wastewater treatment facilities. Learn how these buildings use energy and how they can be more efficient.
Hospitals require large amounts of energy, with lots of equipment running 24/7. Much can be done to manage energy costs, cut excessive energy use, and increase your bottom line. Properly managing equipment as well as investing in specific technology can yield substantial energy savings.
Commercial refrigerated display cases require enormous amounts of energy to keep their large air volumes cool. According to the US Department of Energy, display case evaporator fan motors alone can account for about 15 percent of a supermarket’s total energy costs.
Dairy farms in the U.S. consume between 800 and 1,200 kilowatt-hours per cow annually, with milk production accounting for nearly 50 percent of energy use. Many energy-saving opportunities exist to help dairy farms boost their bottom line and improve profitability.
Congregations at houses of worship vary dramatically; so do their energy needs. Large or small, these facilities present many low- and no-cost opportunities for saving energy.
Although you may see it as a free resource, compressed air is anything but free. In fact, in many industrial plants, air compressors consume more energy than any other end use. The good news is that you can easily reduce this energy consumption and achieve rapid simple payback periods.
US colleges and universities use an average of 18.9 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity and 17 cubic feet of natural gas per square foot (ft2) annually, and typical US higher-education buildings sized around 50,000 ft2 consume more than $100,000 worth of energy each year.