Next Move on Energy Efficiency going toward Elevators

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ACEEE Study Finds Global Opportunities for Greater Elevator Efficiency

Chicago, IL (Jan. 27, 2014): More energy-efficient elevators can significantly reduce the costs of operating a building, but the information needed to help building owners identify the appropriate elevator system—and the savings associated with it—aren’t readily available, according to a new study published by a leading policy group.

Elevators and escalators make up 2 to 5 percent of the energy used in most buildings, but can reach as high as 50 percent during peak operational times. At 5 percent, that means the yearly energy consumption of U.S. elevators is approximately five times of that used in all of Washington D.C.

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Off the shelf technology can reduce that energy consumption by 40 percent or more. This even includes smart elevators that cut energy use between trips, when an elevator is idle, according to the study.

Some technologies have been found to…

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