But something is different this year. Besides batting practice and polishing up their fastballs, many Major League Baseball (MLB) teams have reduced energy usage at their ballparks and cut down on electricity costs.
For instance, five MLB teams have implemented electricity-saving lighting for their stadiums. In each case, solar panels were installed to power the lighting, producing from 28,660 to 168,984 kilowatt-hours (KWh) of power, depending on the number of panels installed—from 110 to 590, respectively. The teams are listed in descending order of solar power generated:
- The San Francisco Giants, AT&T Park
- The Arizona Diamondbacks, Chase Field
- The Seattle Mariners, Safeco Field
- The Kansas City Royals, Kauffman Stadium
- The Saint Louis Cardinals, Busch Stadium
Other MLB teams are using wind energy to power their stadiums (click here to read the story). For instance, the Cleveland Indians use turbines on the towers at Progressive Field to generate up to 25,000 kWh of electricity annually.
Furthermore, many MLB teams are transitioning from metal halide lighting to LED bulbs to improve the quality of lighting and reduce electricity costs. Not only do LED bulbs help increase efficiency in baseball stadiums (as well as in homes), they also shine brighter and produce better color.
Homeowners can take a page from the MLB’s book by managing their electricity usage in their own homes this baseball season. For example, start rooting on your favorite team in front of an Energy-Star-certified TV. You’ll save power while you cheer on your favorite teams from the comfort of your own recliner.
Whether you’re out at the ol’ ballpark or catching the televised game at home, you can contribute to preserving the environment and your wallet by implementing the energy-saving solutions mentioned above.
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