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Saving Green by Going Green

Apr-13-2012 By Barbara Zak

That’s what Con-way Trucking did. Take a look at how making what seems to be small changes, can save you green, while you make strides to go green.

Con-way Freight Retrofits Lighting to Reduce Energy Use

ANN ARBOR, MI–(Marketwire – April 10, 2012) – Understanding the energy impact of different types of light bulbs is important, and plays a much larger role in energy efficiency than most people realize. Short of turning the lights off, one way to cut back on this energy consumption is to install T8 linear fluorescent lights in place of older, less efficient technologies like incandescent, metal halide or high-pressure sodium lights.  Another, is to install motion and daylight sensors to ensure lights only illuminate when it’s dark and there is motion.
Con-way Freight, a less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), first piloted a lighting retrofit program before it began implementing the initiative within its network of operating locations across North America. The purpose of the retrofit is to maximize energy savings relative to investment and to capitalize on state- and utility-sponsored rebates by installing more efficient fixtures, lamps, ballasts and sensors while maintaining or improving the quality of light for Con-way Freight employees.

Check out the infographic below, to learn more about the lighting and energy usage at Con-way Freight facilities.

Con-way Freight is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), a $5.0 billion diversified freight transportation and logistics services company. For more information, visit http://www.con-way.com/en/freight

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  1. Theresa Said,

    I agree that choosing the right lighting and correct light bulbs is an excellent way to “go green.” There is a bit of a difference though when it comes to how long each type of light is on. Funny enough, my son had to do a science project on this years ago. What we found out (yes mom was there to assist) is how long each particular light is on. It takes a while for an energy efficient light bulb to “build up to” its maximum savings. Surprisingly, it is the regular light bulb, if turn off and on say just entering a room getting what you want, and leaving that proves to be more efficient. However, for offices, businesses, restaurants and the like with lights on all day of course the retrofit would be ideal.
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  2. Barbara Said,

    @ Theresa,

    Thanks for your comment. And yes, you are correct, I have done this experiment
    you are talking about, too. Businesses that retrofit, are seeing great results. :)

  3. Ethan Olson Said,

    It’s great that the call for global change is starting. Maybe slowly, but a little change goes a long way! Thanks for sharing!
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  4. Barbara Said,

    @ Ethan Olson,

    I agree. If enough people and businesses get on board, a little change
    can be a big change! :)

  5. LES TIDWELL Said,

    Absolutely right, I do agree with your post. By the way recently I joined a newspaper as a correspondent. I need to write an article on Top Workplaces in Pittsburgh. I searched & found there are so many good companies here like Cochran, ACHIEVA, ACTION-Housing, Inc. Field and Technical Services & Graybar Electric Co. Do you guys have any idea about these companies? I will appreciate your view.

  6. Barbara Said,


    Thanks for your comment. I have heard of some of these companies you mention,
    but I haven’t researched them myself. Congratulations on joining a newspaper.
    I hope all goes well for you.