That Magic Touch: Obama’s Energy Department Said ‘Super Bowl City Leads on Energy Efficient Forefront’

Posted by on Feb 04, 2013 at 7:53 am

How’d that work out, you dolts?

To make this the greenest Super Bowl, the New Orleans Host Committee has partnered with fans and the community to offset energy use across the major Super Bowl venues. The exterior of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome features more than 26,000 LED lights on 96 full-color graphic display panels, designed to wash the building in a spectrum of animated colors, patterns and images. The system draws only 10 kilowatts of electricity — equivalent to the amount of energy used by a small home — and the lights are expected to last for many years before needing replacement.

Off the football field, New Orleans is embracing energy efficiency with help from the Energy Department. The city retrofitted four libraries using an integrative design approach — adding motion sensor lights, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, and upgrades to the building envelopes. These improvements helped cut the libraries’ energy costs by 30 percent and serve as a standard for other city-owned buildings. New Orleans streets feature more than 1,200 energy-efficient light fixtures. In addition to saving the city money on energy costs — an estimated $70,000 annually — the new lights help the city reduce routine maintenance due to their longer lifespan.

The only thing that would have topped that would have been for a Solyndra ad to run during the power outage.

2 Responses to “That Magic Touch: Obama’s Energy Department Said ‘Super Bowl City Leads on Energy Efficient Forefront’”

  1. Mickey Morgan on 4/04/13 at 11:37 am

    10KW to power a small home? Only if your living in Al Jazzara Gore’s little mansion.

  2. joe dagostino on 4/04/13 at 11:42 am

    Watt is voltage times amps.
    10,000(10kw)/110(voltage) Is only 90 amps.

    100 amp service is typical but most homes are 200 or more today.