Car Dealer Insider Nov 1, 2008
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Dealers implement energy savings solutions for assorted budgets

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Dealers implement energy savings solutions for assorted budgets

Some car dealers looking to cut energy costs and leave less of a carbon footprint are going ecofriendly with a splash, unveiling new buildings. Others are finding smaller, affordable ways to do the same thing by retrofitting their existing facilities.

On Oct. 13, Mark Miller Toyota of Salt Lake City celebrated the grand opening of its new state-of-the-art facility which dealer principal Mark Miller expects to reduce energy usage by about a third and pay for itself within a decade. Not only is the building designed to save energy, it'll also take away some of the responsibility of having to manage energy usage, he tells _Dealer Business Briefing.

On a sunny day, the dealership will use just 25 percent of the energy it would normally be using to light the building, Mark tells us. In addition to new dimmable fluorescent lights, the building has installed skylights from Ciralight (www.ciralight.com) which use solar-powered GPS systems and mirrors to track and reflect sunlight into the building. Using algorithms, the building's computerized lighting system also will be able to automatically adjust wattage needs throughout each day as the level of outdoor light changes.

Management will be able to see, at a glance, its average energy use in any given hour by glancing at a panel that's part of its Crestron (www.crestron.com) automated control system. And while employees won't have to remember to turn off lights at the end of the day - a hit or miss proposition - Mark says he'll have the ability to turn them on and off from home, if necessary, using a web-based system.

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