Reposted from: New York Times 4/11/12
Constellation Energy keeps a list of buildings that would benefit from energy efficiency improvements, and it has identified an unusual candidate near the top: prisons.
Their lights, heat and air-conditioning run 24 hours a day.
“If you looked at a similarly sized commercial building, its usage would probably be in the range of 60 percent, compared to 100 percent of time usage in the prison,’’ said Louis J. Hutchinson III, vice president for public sector and energy efficiency operations at Constellation. The big buildings most often singled out for energy efficiency work are offices, apartment houses and retail stores.
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