White Lake Kroger Store Earns ENERGY STAR Certification
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The following is a press release from Kroger.

Kroger confirmed its commitment to boost energy efficiency in its stores with the awarding of ENERGY STAR certification to the Clarkston, Orion Township, West Bloomfield and White Lake Kroger locations. The store addresses are: 9741 Dixie Highway, Clarkston; 3097 Baldwin Rd., Orion Township; 4805 Haggerty Rd., W. Bloomfield; and 10805 Highland Rd., White Lake.

ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy to help Americans save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. The Clarkston, Orion Township, West Bloomfield and White Lake locations are among 24 Kroger Michigan stores that received the ENERGY STAR designation.

“Kroger is a frontrunner in the grocery industry when it comes to energy conservation and sustainability,” said Rick Going, president, The Kroger Co. of Michigan. “Energy updates save Kroger money, which, in turn, we pass along to our customers in the form of lower prices.”

Energy updates in the Clarkston, Orion Township, West Bloomfield and White Lake stores and other Kroger locations include skylights, LED lighting and a specially designed computer system that monitors and controls energy usage throughout the facilities. LED lighting installed in glass door cases,…………… continues on Patch.com

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MEMS sensors play role in LED lighting revolution
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LED lighting system costs can be reduced with good control circuit design and component selection, writes Fabrizio Petris from Omron Ellectronic Components Europe

More and more buildings are installing low-power lighting in the drive to reduce energy costs and shrink their carbon footprint, but automation and intelligent control to switch off services in unused areas offers further savings. 

Lighting accounts for about 25% of the commercial building sector’s energy use and, although it is less significant in the home, this remains one of the easiest ways for end-users to reduce their costs. Switching to less power-hungry light sources such as compact fluorescent lighting and LEDs is having a huge impact on energy use and cost, but domestic and business users can reduce costs further by improving control and applying automation.

Implementing automation in the home or office can reduce lighting consumption by up to 50percent according to market intelligence firm Pike Research, and the savings can be even more dramatic in warehouses and industrial plants. Not surprisingly, the global market for intelligent lighting control is set for very strong growth, doubling to $ 2.6 billion by 2016.

Lighting controls offer significant potential for reducing that energy use, and new sensor, switch and relay technologies are making a wide range of innovative strat…………… continues on ElectronicsWeekly.com

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