Major League Baseball Energy Star

Great American Ball ballpark’s management team continues to improve the ballpark’s energy performance and is a leader among stadiums nationwide.

Energy Management with ENERGY STAR The Cincinnati Reds were one of the first Major League Baseball teams to join ENERGY STAR as a partner and use ENERGY STAR resources to track energy usage, improve energy performance, and communicate their efforts to staff and the public. Improving energy performance is an important environmental strategy for the Reds and they have received kudos from local officials and enhanced loyalty from fans for leading by example.

The ballpark operations management team benchmarks the ballpark’s energy performance using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Portfolio Manager , an online energy tool to track whole-building energy intensity and greenhouse gas emissions. The Reds are able to measure progress and quantify improvements.

The ballpark’s building operations management team has implemented several energy conservation measures and integrated energy efficient technologies into its infrastructure. These include: Installing variable speed drives Utilizing economizers and free cooling more often than previous years. Incorporating demand response controls into building automation systems. Programming lighting on a computer-controlled schedule Retrofitting incandescent exit signs with LED technology throughout the ballpark. Conducting an annual infrared thermographic survey of mechanical rooms, offices, restaurants, and clubs to identify hot and cold spots, and rebalance the HVAC as necessary.

The building operations management team also uses the ENERGY STAR Building Upgrade Manual to help prioritize efficiency measures. The Reds focus on lighting retrofits, the main scoreboards and video board to higher resolution, energy efficient, and longer lasting LED technology, which have resulted in: Electricity savings of approximately $22,000 per season 53% reduction in electricity demand, with savings of approximately $73,000 per year Reduced maintenance costs in the range of $25,000 due to LEDs being easier to maintain and having longer life than incandescent bulbs.

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