The Toledo Museum of Art has taken a leadership role in the region in terms of green initiatives. Over the past 20 years, the Museum has cut its use of electrical power by 79 percent. As early as 1992, the Museum began replacing gallery lighting with energy efficient halogen lights and began using 3-watt LED night lights in the galleries instead of normal daytime lighting to save energy. Efficient fluorescent lights were installed in non-art areas, some with motion detectors.
The Museum also installed energy efficient motors on mechanical system fans and pumps. These systems also have variable frequency drives that control the speed at which these fans and pumps operate so that energy demands are met, but the equipment doesn’t run at top speed all the time.