Yorba Linda, Calif.-based Precision-Paragon [P2], a division of Hubbell Lighting, Inc., has released a free web application that helps calculate energy efficiency for buildilngs, with an estimated range of cost, savings, and environmental benefits for lighting retrofit projects in offices, warehouses, and manufacturing spaces.

"We wanted to create something that would be easy to use and that would help facility operators understand how retrofits can save money and, at the same time, benefit the environment," says Ray Pustinger, [P2]'s VP and general manager. "The web application is simple and straightforward and presents compelling reasons to implement energy-efficient lighting.”

The Lighting Retrofit Calculator is available on the [P2] website and can be embedded in most other websites.

"The potential to reduce greenhouse gases and the nation’s reliance on non-renewable resources through retrofits is huge, and this app can help facility operators take the first steps in getting there,” Pustinger says. “The calculator sets the table for the next steps #&8212; establishing a budget, engaging an energy-efficiency professional to evaluate the right technology for the facility and securing investment-grade relighting proposals and scopes of work.”

In California alone, lighting accounts for 35% of electricity use in the commercial sector. Those commercial buildings, totaling 5 billion sq. ft. of space, consume more electricity than any other end-use sector in California, according to the Public Utilities Commission.

"We think this web app could really make a difference in so many projects that stall at the starting gate due to the overwhelming array of choices” Pustinger says. “We felt developing the app coincided with our tradition of innovation and creativity. Those are the same strengths we’ve used throughout the years to make energy engineered, customized lighting fixtures.”

To use or embed the web app, go to http://www.p-2.com/benefits/lighting-retrofit-calculator/.