Energy Efficient Gadgets
City of Austin Buildings Get Motion Sensors for Energy Efficiency
Occupancy sensors that turn lights on when they sense motion and off when there is no activity were recently installed at the Carver Library, 1161 Angelina Street.
Austin Energy is performing lighting audits at all 200 City of Austin buildings to identify where occupancy sensors can get best results. Best areas are those used infrequently or unpredictably, such as conference rooms, classrooms, private offices and storage areas. The sensors can pay for themselves through energy savings in two to three years. About 15 branch libraries will have a total of about 80 sensors over the next week. Austin Energy is installing the sensors with $7.5 million in federal stimulus funding received to increase the energy efficiency of City of Austin municipal buildings through several energy saving initiatives.