With generous funding from Progress Energy and the Green Building Council, the YWCA of Asheville will install an Occupancy Sensor Light Switch in our largest common area. When used in common areas, Occupancy Sensors can reduce lighting energy up to 25%. We know that one of our largest areas of energy inefficiency is lights being left on in our multi-use rooms. If we can reduce our wattage use in common areas by 25%, we estimate we will save 4,495 kilowatt hours of electricity per year.
In addition, we will be updating the lights in our gym and adding low flow shower heads and faucet aerators. YW currently uses eight 400 Watt metal Halide gym lights that stay on 24/7 due to the slow warm-up time. We will be installing florescent bays that require half the wattage and provide a longer lamp life. We estimate that we will save 23,452 kilowatt hours per year by making this change.
We are deeply grateful to Progress Energy and the Green Building Council for their investment in the YWCA of Asheville’s ongoing efforts to be a non-profit leader in the vital move toward sustainable, renewable energy.