Representatives from the U.S. Department Energy and Honeywell International inked a deal last week that should help the U.S. Department of State save more than 25 billion Btu per year, or enough energy to power 260 homes annually, and products of chemistry are needed to help them pull it off.
The signed energy savings performance contract (ESPC), a key part of President Obama’s overall plan to reduce energy costs in agency facilities, will draw upon $2 billion the president set aside last December to help the federal government become more energy efficient.
Honeywell, named one of the most innovative companies in the world by Thomson Reuters, plans to implement a series of new technologies and efficiency measures – many made possible by chemistry – that should help the State Department save more than $700,000 in energy, water and operations costs in the first year alone. The manufacturing company’s handy work will be put to use on two aging State Department facilities: the Harry S. Truman Building in Washington, D.C. and the Beltsville Information Management Center in Beltsville, MD.
For those who know utilities, the efficiency upgrades include chiller plant optimization; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning optimization; advanced metering; and Energy Management Control Systems to control and monitor energy consuming devices. By the end of the contract period, the cost savings generated by the new energy efficiency measures will offset the cost of the technology required to implement them.
Since 40 percent of energy in the United States is used in buildings, the steadfast pursuit of new energy efficiency measures in the industrial, commercial, residential and public sectors should continue to bring our country several steps closer to meeting its economic and environmental goals.