Greening Tribal Casinos
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You can reduce your power bills while conserving energy by retrofitting existing lighting with energy-efficient lighting. Below is general information on the benefits to greening your lighting, EPA lighting partnership programs, fact sheets, and steps for managing your waste lamps. There are an almost unlimited number of areas you can analyze to determine if more energy-efficient lighting is a viable option for your facility. Some areas include:
- Overhead lighting;
- Slot machine lights;
- Parking area lighting;
- Outdoor signage lights;
- Holiday lighting;
- Hotel room lighting; and
- Entertainment venue lighting, including night clubs, kid zones, bowling alleys, bars/lounges, etc.
Many casinos find that by retrofitting slot machines to run on light-emitting diodes or LEDs, they can achieve significant savings in a short period of time, sometimes seeing a return on investment in as little as 6 months. For information on how this might benefit your facility, please visit our fact sheet Energy Efficiency: LED Retrofits for Slot Machines (PDF) (2 pp, 129K, About PDF) on slot machine retrofits.
Because a strategic approach to energy management can produce twice the savings of typical approaches for both the bottom line and the environment, EPA’s ENERGY STAR partnership offers a proven energy management strategy that helps in measuring current energy performance, setting goals, tracking savings, and rewarding improvements. EPA provides an innovative energy performance rating system which businesses have already used for more than 130,000 buildings across the country. Energy Star also provides a list of certified products, including lighting products.
Remember that most fluorescent lamps are universal waste and must be recycled or disposed of properly. Rules have been developed to streamline the environmental regulations for these wastes and reduce the regulatory burden for businesses that generate these wastes. For steps to managing your universal waste lamps in an environmentallyv safe manner, please visit EPA’s How to Establish a Recycling Program for Mercury-Containing Light Bulbs web page.
EPA’s Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that supports the organizational procurement of green power by offering expert advice, technical support, tools and resources. Partnering with EPA can help your organization lower the transaction costs of buying green power, reduce its carbon footprint, and communicate its leadership to key stakeholders. Green power is electricity produced from a subset of renewable resources, such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, and low-impact hydro. Buying green power is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve your organization’s environmental performance.