Congratulations to Wiikwemkoong, an IGNITE member, on its development of a long term energy plan. Many perceive an energy plan as adopting LED lighting and energy-saving heating equipment. That is part of it, but a complete energy plan needs to include energy use for other types of infrastructure within a community.
Just replacing lights will save money, but what about the long-term effects on operating costs? IGNITE believes a complete energy plan must review every aspect of how a community or organization operates. This review process inevitably finds opportunities to reduce energy costs and increase efficiencies. Sometimes operational efficiencies include ways to simplify energy use. Simplification may include finding ways to reduce the number of lighting fixture types.
Through a collaborative process with Wiikwemkoong, IGNITE was able find ways to reduce the community’s use of 100 different fixture types down to less than 50. Simplification makes maintenance easier and more cost effective because there are fewer spare parts. It also reduces service costs by simply speeding up the service process. This simple design exercise will benefit the community for many years to come.
“You have to change your thinking if you desire to have a future different from your present.”
― Germany Kent