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“Martin Guitar strikes the right chord with energy savings, feds say

By Brian Pedersen, June 5, 2018 at 9:56 AM

Slashing electricity use and natural gas consumption are only two of the ways one local manufacturer benefited from making a nearly $9 million energy efficiency investment two years ago.

The other benefits come in the form of knowledge sharing, better quality products, improved system reliability and lower maintenance costs.

Monday, executives from C.F. Martin Guitar & Co. in Upper Nazareth Township explained how they achieved these benefits by participating in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Plants Challenge. Through the program, the agency provides manufacturers with free tools, training and resources to help them overcome barriers and identify opportunities to save energy and improve competiveness.

Officials from the DOE toured the company’s central hot/chilled water plant along with the manufacturing facility and museum, having recognized the company as a Better Plants Goal Achiever in the DOE’s 2018 Better Building Challenge Progress Report.

Once Martin Guitar started the Better Plants Challenge, company officials said, it committed to improve energy performance by 25 percent while sharing its results and strategies it used to achieve them.

Martin Guitar achieved the goal in two years.”

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