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WattStopper Launches New Online Energy Savings Calculating Tool
September 23, 2009

WattStopper launches the first free, web-based energy savings calculating tool that allows users to calculate the potential energy savings available with occupancy sensors. The Energy Calculator is designed to help users identify lighting control strategies that best match energy savings goals for retrofit or new construction projects.

The Energy Calculator provides a list of pre-defined Lighting Control Measures (LCMs) that help users compare different control methods to identify how best to achieve additional maximum energy lighting savings. LCMs include pairing an occupancy sensor with an on/off wall switch, bi-level switching, bi-level switching with Auto-on 50%, or bi-level switching using Auto-on 50% with daylighting. Energy savings percentages are based on third party published documents and research from the Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Lighting Research Center (LRC), the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC), and other industry case studies. Future versions of this tool will include calculations for plug/receptacle load control, daylighting and time-based controls.

The Energy Calculator offers two assessment levels – Quick Assessment and Full Assessment. The Quick Assessment allows users to enter a minimal amount of information and quickly calculate potential energy savings for a single room in a lighting system project with lighting controls. The Quick Assessment Summary can be printed or emailed directly from the WattStopper Energy Calculator webpage. The Full Assessment presents anticipated savings using lighting controls and updated lighting, anticipated energy usage and return on investment (ROI) for an entire building project. Users can perform this assessment for multiple projects and retain data for future reference. Reports can also be personalized for use in submittal packages and proposals.
“The Energy Calculator is a powerful tool for calculating potential energy savings from lighting controls and lighting retrofits. Its ability to compare multiple LCMs and show simple payback and ROI for each strategy as well as an entire project helps users make informed decisions in choosing the control strategy that best matches their energy management goals,” said Jeff Park, LEED° AP, CLEP, Manager of Sustainable Market Development.

http://www.wattstopper.com/laa/

WattStopper (www.wattstopper.com) is a leading manufacturer of energy efficient lighting controls for commercial, industrial and residential use. We help customers find convenient ways to save energy, meet green initiatives, and comply with energy codes with our comprehensive range of products, programs, and services. Legrand (www.legrandelectric.com), located in Limoges, France, is the world specialist in products and systems for electrical installations and information networks, offering solutions for use in residential, commercial and industrial buildings.

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