General Motors is continuing its green streak through 2016. So far, GM has saved $73 million this year alone by introducing energy-efficient initiatives and operations.
Across multiple GM facilities, the switch was made to LED light bulbs and LED tubes. In total, 186,000 LED bulbs were put into use. This switch alone saved $2.3 million and 32 million kilowatt hours.
Specifically, at the automaker’s Grand Rapids operations, the facility installed 11,000 lights with LED tubes, improved its energy management systems and installed new variable-frequency drives on heating and cooling equipment. These activities resulted in an 18 percent reduction in energy intensity.
At the Bedford Casting operations, high-efficiency burner controls monitor energy use in real time. The facility also installed translucent walls to lessen the need for artificial lighting. Together, energy intensity is down 12 percent.
In total, 12 GM sites were recognized for their energy efficient operations and honored by the ENERGY STAR program. The program recognizes facilities that have cut energy intensity by 10 percent within five years. Those facilities are:
- Bedford Casting Operations in Indiana — first-time achiever
- Grand Rapids Operations in Michigan — first-time achiever
- Defiance Operations in Ohio
- Flint Metal Center in Michigan
- Hamtramck Assembly in Michigan
- Marion Stamping Plant in Indiana
- Qingdao Assembly in China
- Rochester Operations in New York
- Talegaon Engine in India
- Toledo Transmission in Ohio
- Tonawanda Engine in New York
- Wentzville Assembly in Missouri