Category Archives: Energy Efficiency

HGST, Window Film

HGST, Inc. (formerly Hitachi Global Storage Technologies) is a subsidiary of Western Digital that sells hard disk drives, solid-state drives, and external storage products and services. Their U.S. Headquarters are located in San Jose, California. HGST was looking for maximum energy savings and inhabitant comfort improvement while maintaining a clear and natural view for their San Jose campus. The older design of the property, with main work areas being enclosed by long perimeter hallways that were originally designed for quick movement through the large areas, made it difficult to model and specify an "easy choice" solution for the objectives presented by the client. To insure the best fit for all of the clients needs and goals, three products were presented as effective options for achieving the clients goals for the project. The 3M window film that was eventually installed was selected after rigorous selection process where the three different window film candidates were evaluated and scored in the areas of appearance, performance and price. 3M Affinity 30 was installed on 24,000 square feet of glass. Energy savings from reduced heating and cooling costs are estimated to be $32,679 annually.

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