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The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) public transit system in the San Francisco Bay Area received funding from the US EPA in 2002 to conduct a system-wide program to reduce energy use at BART parking garages. The BART Lighting Control Power Reduction System project resulted in a sustained 25% reduction in energy use at BART parking garages with a savings of 97,090 kilowatt hours per year. The return on investment was 1.8 years. For more information, please visit the fact sheet (PDF) (2 pp, 625K, About PDF) on the project

Although not unique to parking lots or garages, lighting retrofits and energy efficient bulbs can save significant amounts of money, as well as reduce the greenhouse gas emissions generated. EPA’s Energy Star partnership programs offer a proven energy management strategy that helps in measuring current energy performance, setting goals, tracking savings, and rewarding improvements. For tools that will assist you in calculating your cost savings if you purchase or upgrade to Energy Star qualified commercial equipment and in calculating your return on investment (ROI), please visit the calculator tool.

Remember that most fluorescent lamps are considered Universal Waste under federal regulations 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 environmentally safe aanner, please visit: EPA’s guide to establishing a recycling program for mercury-containing light bulbs

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