Save Energy Now LEADER Showcase

Yesterday, United Technologies Corporation (UTC) hosted a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Save Energy Now Leader Showcase at their Hamilton Sundstrand business unit in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. I represented Horst Engineering and spoke on a supplier panel along with representatives from Praxair and Whitcraft Group.

The Save Energy Now initiative is part of of the DOE’s Industrial Technology Program (ITP). LEADERS have pledged to reduce their energy intensity by 25% or more in 10 years. The UTC event was the third showcase that the DOE has facilitated. The first two were at Nissan and 3M. The LEADERS, most of which are large corporations, are working with the DOE to roll out energy saving ideas and tools to their supply chains.

Paul Vitello, the Director, Environmental Sustainability, for UTC; asked us several questions:

1) what does sustainability mean to your company, and in particular why is energy conservation important?

2) what measures have you taken to control energy use and costs (including how you identified projects, funding issues, incentives, etc.)?

3) what requirements are your customers passing on to you, and what requirements are you passing on to your suppliers

4) what recommendations do you have for the other corporations and suppliers attending the showcase?

Horst Engineering is mindful of its carbon footprint and has done a lot to reduce its greenouse gas emissions. Reducing energy consumption is good for both the bottom line and for the environment. Our company welcomes the support from both the Department of Energy, and companies like UTC. UTC has taken the bold step to develop an energy guidebook based on its experience from managing its global facilities, that will be shared with its supply chain.

Our company has taken advantage of state and federal incentives to reduce our energy consumption. We have upgraded our lighting, improved our HVAC, modernized our compressed air system, and added solar PV electric power generation. There is much progress still to be made so that we can further reduce our consumption.

Where to get more information on energy efficiency:

http://www.energy.gov/
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/industry/bestpractices/
http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/
http://greenhomeguide.com/
http://www.greenbuild365.org/
http://www.wri.org/

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