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Stop Wasting Money: 3 Tips For Improving Your Lighting Efficiency

Posted by Tammy Garrison on Dec 04, 2014

Did you know lighting typically accounts for 40% of total electricity usage in commercial facilities? With energy costs on the rise, businesses are looking for ways to cut those costs through better lighting efficiency. 

With today’s advances in technology, it’s easier than ever to make impactful lighting upgrades for your commercial business. Dramatic energy savings are possible through some quick and simple steps. 

The following three tips show you ways to improve your commercial lighting efficiency.

1. Perform An Energy Assessment

During an energy assessment, a team of energy consultants analyzes your building and current energy use, looking for opportunities to improve efficiency. With the aid of their analysis, you learn whether your lighting wastes electricity and you discover opportunities to run your building more efficiently. Bringing in a team of specialists gives you all the advantages of their expertise. They are up to date on the latest energy-efficient technologies and have the industry know-how to make insightful suggestions.

2. Switch To High-Efficiency Lightbulbs

These days, saving energy is as simple as changing out your lightbulbs. Two popular lighting efficiency choices for commercial buildings are CLFs and LEDs

  • CFL (compact florescent) lightbulbs are similar to incandescent lightbulbs in brightness and color, but they use about 75% less energy and last around 10 times as long. 
  • LED (light-emitting diode) lightbulbs offer upwards of 25,000 hours of illumination (about 25 times longer than conventional lightbulbs). They also convert almost all of their energy into light without wasting it as heat, which means they use 80% less energy than conventional lighting options. 

3. Install Lighting Controls

Why pay for more light than you need? Lighting controls offer you options for programming your lighting use. By utilizing these controls, you’re able to manage how much electricity you use to light your building. Lighting controls are quick, easy and inexpensive to install, and they ensure you don’t pay for light you don’t use. 

  • Occupancy sensors switch lights on when there’s activity in a room and off when the activity stops. These devices are great for areas that are used irregularly, such as storage areas, conference rooms, bathrooms and copy rooms. 
  • Dimmers control the wattage and output of your lightbulbs. Dimming lights not only saves energy, but it also means your bulbs will last longer. 
  • Timers allow you to program when you want lights to be on or off at any given time. That way, you’re able to set the lights to automatically switch off when you know they won’t be used. Use timers to turn off your overhead lights after business hours and to control your outdoor lighting. 

Lowering your electricity use makes your building more efficient, which benefits both the environment and your wallet. By analyzing your current lighting practices and investing in more efficient technology, you avoid unnecessary energy costs and ensure your utility bills are lower year after year.

Want to learn more ways to improve energy efficiency in your commercial building? Check out our infographic, 5 Biggest Sources of Commercial Energy Waste (And How To Fix Them).

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