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Law Firm Goes Green

Dec 16, 2010

Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed Takes on "The Kilowatt Crackdown Challenge" Efficiency Measures Could Save Firm About $67,000 Annually

ORLANDO – Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., the largest law firm in Central Florida, according to the Orlando Business Journal, has partnered with OUC—The Reliable One to take on the Kilowatt Crackdown Challenge, an energy use reduction program that aims to reduce the firm's energy consumption through efficiency improvements. Sponsored by the Central Florida Energy Efficiency Alliance (CFEEA), the program's mission is to reduce commercial building energy use 30 percent by June 30, 2012.

"The day we changed the first bulb, we started saving money and energy use," said Mark Brown, the firm's Facilities Manager who has worked closely with OUC to make recommendations for the firm's environmental sustainability committee. "Through our partnership with OUC, we were able to work closely with Lightyear Technology, their suggested vendor, who recommended even more energy efficient lights to help reduce costs and energy usage.”

To get started, the firm took advantage of OUC’s free commercial energy and water audit to evaluate the efficiency of its facilities and identify areas to reduce electric and water consumption. To improve efficiency and reduce utilities costs, the firm exchanged incandescent light bulbs for energy efficient bulbs and installed motion-sensing devices so lights turn on only when rooms are being used

OUC estimated that the lighting retrofit alone will save the firm about $46,000 annually, which is a 27 percent reduction in total electric usage. The majority of the retrofit will replace older T-12 fluorescent lamps and magnetic ballasts with the more efficient T-8 fluorescent lamps and electronic ballasts. Incandescent flood lamps will be replaced with compact fluorescents, and the outdoor and parking lot lighting will be upgraded with new pulse start metal halide lamps.

"Our lighting retrofit program provides an excellent opportunity for businesses to replace an old, inefficient lighting system without the upfront costs and to start seeing the savings right away," said Byron Knibbs, OUC Vice President of Sustainable Services. "This was a great opportunity to partner with a downtown leader like Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. and promote energy efficiency."

After conducting a free commercial energy audit, OUC also recommended programming the thermostats one degree higher during business hours and raising set points to 80 or 82 degrees when the building is closed. Those minor changes should result in an expected savings of about $13,000 annually. With a number of buildings with east and west facing windows, solar window film was recommended as a way to reduce heat gain and overall cooling costs by about 10 percent, or $8,100 annually.

OUC—The Reliable One

Established in 1923 by a special act of the Florida Legislature, OUC—The Reliable One is the second largest municipal utility in Florida. OUC provides electric and water services to more than 313,000 metered accounts in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties.

Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A.

Founded in Orlando, Florida in 1969, Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. is the largest law firm in Central Florida with 115 attorneys. The firm's lawyers advise clients on almost every aspect of business: from copyrights and trademarks to high-stakes, high-profile litigation; from complex commercial and residential real estate issues to wealth management; from labor and employment law to healthcare; from capital raising and entity formation to corporate growth and expansion locally, nationally and internationally. Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell peer review, the firm is a founding member of Meritas, a global network of over 160 independent law firms with more than 6,000 attorneys. To learn more about the firm's environmental sustainability, please visit Lowndes-law.com.