A Bright Idea

29 Jul 2015 - Annie Damron is a Sr. Coordinator, Corporate Communications, at Time Warner Inc.

By Annie Damron

As part of its focus on energy efficiency, Time Warner and its divisions have moved toward LED lighting across facilities worldwide – a move yielding significant cost savings and reduced energy consumption.

This year, Time Warner began an LED retrofit program at its Corporate headquarters in New York City through which compact fluorescent bulbs in all offices and open areas are replaced with LED bulbs. This initiative will save the company $169,000 annually with a payback period of less than one year.

This puts us in good company, because LED lights seem to be popping up everywhere – from traffic lights to TV displays, even in Lady Liberty. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a simple switch from everyday incandescent bulbs to LEDs at home or in the office can reduce energy use by more than 80 percent. Plus, LEDs can last up to 25 times longer than conventional incandescent light sources. 

Since 2011, Turner has replaced existing lights with LEDs at its Atlanta locations, an initiative that has saved more than $375,000 annually and more than 9,000 metric tons of CO2 each year. Turner’s LED retrofit program included updates to office space lighting, as well as “back of house” spaces like mechanical rooms, fire stairs, service hallways and dock areas. In addition, several floors at the TBS Techwood campus are slated for LED upgrades as part of a re-stack plan, which will result in even more savings.

Warner Bros. is also no stranger to technologically-advanced and sustainable lighting. Back in 2013, Warner experimented with LED lights at its Burbank sound stages. And this year, fluorescent fixtures were swapped out for LED lamps in the parking garage of its WorldWide TV Marketing building, reducing watt usage per lamp by more than 50%. Additionally, Warner added motion sensors to the new lamps so that while half remain on at all times, the remaining lamps are activated only when someone is present in the garage. The added efficiency will cut energy usage by 40% and will pay for itself in under a year.

HBO also upgraded to LED lamps across numerous locations. At the Communications Center in Hauppauge, New York, HBO is in the process of replacing legacy incandescent, fluorescent and code cathode lighting throughout control rooms, offices and common areas. The NYC store also switched to LED lamps, which resulted in 10% cooling load reduction and a 16% reduction in electrical consumption. Additional upgrades in its NYC Bistro reduced electrical costs by more than $8,000 per year and cooling costs by nearly $17,000 annually. And on the West Coast, a LED renovation in HBO’s Santa Monica lobby resulted in electrical savings of around $5,500 per year and annual HVAC savings of about $12,500. Furthermore, all of these lighting upgrades are eligible for energy rebates, which HBO is pursuing with local utility providers.

These LED upgrades are just a few of the many enterprise-wide efforts Time Warner has made toward managing usage, cost and environmental impact of its building utilities. Click here to learn more about the efficiency measures our businesses are implementing across the globe.