Mountain Elementary School, Soquel CA

Mynt Systems visited Mountain School on Earth Day to help explain all the new upgrades and green technology that were installed.

As part of the Mountain School Proposition 39 funding, new LED lights have been installed throughout the school. The new lights use 66% less energy than the fluorescent fixtures they replaced. Combined with dimming capabilities and vacancy sensors, the LED lighting upgrades will save the school approximately 24,000 kwh annually or $4,500. The expected life of the LEDs is 20 years, which will save the school an additional $750 annually in maintenance costs. LED lights are mercury free, reducing potential hazards for students, teachers and faculty as well as benefiting the environment. Click the link below for a more in depth look.

Case Study Mountain School

Sonic Manufacturing, Fremont CA

Sonic Manufacturing is an 80,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Fremont, CA. The heat produced by the manufacturing equipment and the metal halide lighting in the facility was overwhelming the cooling units. A complete LED lighting retrofit was completed for the manufacturing floor and office areas. Each lighting product was carefully selected to ensure the light quality and level in the manufacturing areas was maintained. Low-e window film was applied to all east and west facing windows to reduce heat gain to further reduce cooling costs. The monthly savings generated from upgrading the lighting and windows was then used to finance the replacement of three of the 30 year old HVAC units that had reached the end of their useful life. 

Annual Electricity Savings: $54,492 Annual Maintenance Savings: $3,676

Equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions of:

  • 489,632 Miles/year driven by an average passenger vehicle
  • 23,140 gallons of gasoline consumed
  • 220,887 Pounds of coal burned

Toll House Hotel, Los Gatos CA

Toll House Hotel is the seamless blend of an intimate small-town hotel and the modern character that embodies the Silicon Valley. At the heart of beautiful Los Gatos California, at the base of the serene Santa Cruz Mountains, this charming hotel perfectly captures the ambiance of the historic South Bay town.

Mynt Systems completed a full renovation of their HVAC system, LED lighting retrofit from the stairwell and courtyard lights to the parking garage and even the buildings famous year round perimeter Christmas lights. Solar control window films were implemented and help reduce the heat gain and therefore reduce the energy consumption on the air conditioning. All contributing to an enhanced guest experience.

In addition to the above energy savings this property is expected to save an additional $800 annually in maintenance costs.

These energy saving are equivalent to:

54,023 lbs  of carbon dioxide

5.2 passenger vehicles removed

58,344 mile/year driven by an average person

8.8 tons of waste sent to landfills

2,757 gallons of gasoline consumed

26,321 lbs of coal burned

 

Energy-Efficient Work Environments May Be Healthier

When people talk about the business case for the energy-efficient buildings achieved through comprehensive measures like deep energy retrofits, what usually comes to mind first is lower energy bills. However, an increasing number of organizations are recognizing the value beyond energy cost savings that energy-efficient buildings provide.

In December 2013, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) wrote about how deep energy retrofits can reduce the cost of healthcare. It turns out that energy-efficient buildings do more than just reduce energy bills for energy-hungry healthcare buildings; they also improve the quality of the healthcare services that these companies provide patients. For example, energy-efficiency measures addressing low ventilation rates and airflow in healthcare facilities reduce the risk of transmitting infectious diseases, as high ventilation rates and airflow have been shown to greatly reduce the transmission of airborne illnesses. Studies have found that patients in sunny hospital rooms versus rooms using artificial light have a decreased length of stay, a trend also observed for patients staying in hospital rooms with windows overlooking a scene of nature. Furthermore, the University Medical Center of Princeton found its airy, sunny, and calming hospital rooms led to a 30 percent reduction in pain medicine requests, record-low infectio