Topic: Reducing Energy Costs


Lorrie Hoefling, LEED AP, GaC addressed the IFMA Tulsa chapter at the September 2012 meeting on the topic of reducing energy costs.  Formerly with AEP/PSO, Lorrie is currently an Efficiency Energy Consultant at BIG Energy Consultants, specializing in Lighting Retrofits, inductive load energy reduction and Utility Incentives.

Some highlights from Lorrie's presentation:

  •  Air conditioning/cooling (28%), Office and computer (26%) and Lighting (22%) are your top three energy costs.
  • One of the key means by which the owner of a commercial building can save money is to enhance their structure's energy efficiency.  Not only does energy efficiency allow the building to function while consuming less energy, thereby reducing the money spent on heating, cooling, and electricity, but it reduces pollution and lowers the consumption of natural resources.
  • Steps to Energy Reduction:
    1. Change energy use policies
    2. Replace appliances with energy efficient models
    3. Install energy efficient bulbs
    4. Refit old exisiting T12 Florescent fixtures to more energy efficient fixtures and bulbs such as T8's and  T5's
    5. Install insulation
    6. Patch heat and cooling leaks
    7. Optimize the HVAC system
    8. Install advanced technology such as efficient windows, lighting fixtures and construction materials 
  • T12 phase out.  Effective July 14, 2012, production of most T12 florescent lamps were phased out, as mandated by the 2009 Department of Energy General Service Lamp legislation.
  • According to the DOE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), lighting in industrial and commercial buildings accounts for close to 71% of of overall lighting electricity use in the U.S. and consumes nearly 35% of the electricity used in the nation's commercial buildings - and still much of this lighting is inefficient linear florescent' s.
  • Database of State Incentives for Renewable and Efficiency -

This is just a brief outline of some of the topics Lorrie addressed.  If you would like the entire PowerPoint presentation, you can contact Lorrie at