The Wall Street Journal recently published a key article relative to the GREEN NEW DEAL and LED Lighting:
$1,973 LEDs and the Green New Deal (How many union workers does it take to screw in a light bulb?)
Posted on 2/17/2019
"The Green New Deal that Democrats unveiled last week has a grand ambition to eliminate fossil fuels in 10 years, retrofit every building in America, and guarantee high-paying jobs in the bargain. If you want to see how that works in the real world, consider the public housing projects near Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s New York office.
The New York City Housing Authority (Nycha) has a more modest goal of a 30% reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions by 2027. As part of its plan, Nycha is switching to LED lighting, which lasts longer than incandescent bulbs and consumes less energy. Sounds smart, until you see how many union workers it takes to screw in a light bulb.
One recent project focused on 23 housing developments, and changing the light bulbs and fixtures there cost $33.2 million. Supplies account for a fraction of that cost. Under Nycha’s Project Labor Agreement, electricians make $81 in base pay and $54 in fringe per hour, and overtime is usually time and a half. Add administrative and contracting expenses. All in, Nycha paid an average of $1,973 per apartment to install LEDs."
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However, buying LED lights for a home or business is something that every individual can do in order to not only save themselves money, but also to save the environment by making the world more energy efficient. Independence LED Lighting is an example of a company producing made in USA LED fixtures that save energy and create domestic jobs.
Air Conditioning Optimization
Along with lighting, air conditioning typically uses the largest percentage of energy for commercial buildings. Revolution Energy Group is an example of a US company that focuses on providing multiple cost-effective solutions including air conditioning optimization. One of their strategic partners uses proven algorithms that save 15% to 40% and do not require replacing any commercial chillers for central cooling systems.
In addition to LEDs and air conditioning optimization, there are a wide variety of other possible changes a person can make in their life to contribute to a greener United States. Some of these examples include buying phosphate and nitrate free detergents to prevent algal blooms, buying locally grown organic food products, and limiting driving only to when absolutely necessary to reduce one’s carbon footprint.