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Auto Dealer

According to the National Automobile Dealers Association, energy is the third-highest overhead expenditure for auto dealerships, and they use approximately 18% more energy per square foot than a typical office building. In addition to typical sources of energy usage in commercial buildings such as lighting & HVAC, many dealerships have on-site auto washing, auto detailing and auto repair and service areas. These services can add significant costs for energy usage.
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Next, consider upgrading older, less efficient equipment and installing controls on lighting and building equipment. Many of these upgrades are eligible for incentives that can reduce capital costs and shorten the payback period, such as:

Lighting Controls and Updated Lighting Technology

Lighting Controls and Updated Lighting Technology

• Install occupancy sensors or add skylights and daylighting controls to adjust lighting levels as needed
• Replace older fluorescent lighting with LED lights
• Re-evaluate exterior lighting needs and ensure that the lighting levels are consistent with those recommended by the Illuminating Engineering Society of America. Replace older lighting technology with LED.

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Compressed Air Systems

Compressed Air Systems

Many compressed-air systems are inefficient and waste energy through leaks, improper sizing and type based on performance needs, and poorly designed components. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, optimizing compressed-air systems can improve efficiency by 20 to 50 percent. Consider retaining a compressed air service provider to provide an assessment of your facility’s compressed air needs and control strategies, leak detection, or monitoring of energy use. When replacing your compressed-air system, select the most efficient system for your dealership’s needs.

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Electric Motors and Drives

Electric Motors and Drives

Many dealerships have on-site vehicle washing centers and/or service bays. These areas can be extremely energy intensive, meaning that small improvements can lead to significant savings in energy and operational costs. Wherever possible, replace existing older motors with NEMA premium motors and add variable speed drives where applicable.

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Bay Doors

Bay Doors

• Check seals to minimize air infiltration
• Retrofit existing doors and add actuators to ensure doors close immediately after vehicles exit or enter

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Real World Savings

Auto Dealership

Auto Dealership

Project Description

Interior and Exterior Lighting Replacement

  • Equipment Cost: $15,374
  • Incentive: $8,540
  • Annual Savings: 170,807 kWh
  • Payback with Incentive: Less than 6 Months*
*Payback calculated using $.10 / kWh electricity cost

Large Auto Dealership

Large Auto Dealership

Project Description

Interior and Exterior Lighting Replacement with Lighting Controls

  • Equipment Cost: $231,150
  • Incentive: $32,000
  • Annual Savings: 641,591 kWh
  • Payback with Incentive: 3.1 Years*
*Payback calculated using $.10 / kWh electricity cost

Auto Dealership Service Center

Auto Dealership Service Center

Project Description

Added two VFDs to an existing compressed air system

  • Equipment Cost: $31,670
  • Incentive: $19,409
  • Annual Savings: 388,182 kWh
  • Payback with Incentive: Less than 6 Months*
*Payback calculated using $.10 / kWh electricity cost

Source: ENERGY STAR

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Sodexo is the designated program implementer for commercial and industrial energy efficiency programs for FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania utilities. This website is maintained by Sodexo
The costs of energy efficiency programs are recovered through customer rates in accordance with PA Act 129 of 2008. For a complete list of commercial, industrial, residential, and low-income energy efficiency programs, please visit energysavePA.com. FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania utilities, their parents, subsidiaries, employees, affiliates and agents assume no responsibility for the performance of the equipment or equipment warranty, the quality of the work, labor and/or materials supplied, and/or the acts or omissions of any contractor.