LEMS Energy Management collaborated with Combined Motor Holdings (CMH) to initiate energy efficient technology across several car dealerships in South Africa with the aim of reducing energy consumption and running costs. Car dealership showrooms are notoriously high energy consumers but with simple automation which reduces human error; costs can be drastically reduced.
Initially rolled out at BMW Menlyn dealership LEMS conducted an energy audit and then installed automation technology including occupancy/daylight switches, retrofitted efficient lighting and power factor correction units to reduce the energy consumption of lights, plant and air conditioning systems. The wireless automation system is designed by LEMS and produced locally.
The installation cost R203 614 and resulted in a 46% drop in consumption. The pilot also saw an energy champion appointed to communicate with staff and promote an energy saving culture.
In total the group has invested R2.5 million that has resulted in a staggering saving of R14.8 million thus far.