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SC Johnson Employees Save 35% of Energy From Light Fixtures

An energy-saving initiative driven by SC Johnson employees has resulted in a 35 percent energy savings per fixture in more than 700 light fixtures at the company’s largest manufacturing plant in Sturtevant, Wis.

As part of SC Johnson’s “Flip the Switch” campaign, new energy-efficient light fixtures were installed at its 2.2 million-square-foot plant, contributing to an elimination of 776 tons of greenhouse gas emissions at the plant since mid-2010.

The campaign seeks to empower employees to champion energy conservation and education, advocate for responsible practices and help the company reduce its overall environmental footprint, SC Johnson says. “Flip the Switch” aims to pare energy use, with staff turning off lights, fans and other energy-consuming equipment when the devices are not in use.

The new light fixtures generate a higher level of lumens, or brightness, while using far less power, SC Johnson says. Motion sensors have been installed in limited use meeting rooms and other areas to help reduce energy consumption and maintenance costs.

“We believe it’s important to continuously embrace energy conservation and develop best practices to improve daily operations and, ultimately, our overall business,” says Kelly M. Semrau, senior vice president of global corporate affairs, communication and sustainability.  “We’re particularly proud of this program as it was actually initiated by a manufacturing team member and it’s a great example of environmental sustainability in action.  Sustainability is integral to everything we do – from product design and ingredients to the manufacturing facilities themselves.”

Picture credit: Dottie Mae

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4 thoughts on “SC Johnson Employees Save 35% of Energy From Light Fixtures

  1. Now, if you could find a way to have staff turn off personal space heaters that they keep under their desks…then we have some serious demand reduction since the average personal space heater is 1,200 watts, 1.2 kilowatts.

  2. This is good initiative. A bulb has the upper part and the lower part. A good fixture must reflect downward the light that the upper part has emitted, thereby diminishing the lumens required from bulb’s lower part.
    Lain is correct. It is easier to wear more winter appropriate clothing than use heaters.

  3. This is so cool!!
    It just goes to show the results which can be achieved by small changes.
    It’s really very clever, I hope they all got payrises out of the saved energy bill!

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