Energy Efficiency and LED Lighting
Is your business effectively managing its energy consumption? Energy efficiency investments make good business sense. If properly implemented, they can result in a profitable savings on your overall energy costs while adding comfort and productivity to your environment. Commercial buildings account for 19% of the energy consumed in the United States, and more than half of that energy goes toward heating and lighting. Lighting will typically account for up to 20%-50% of electricity consumption.
With that said, probably the easiest place to start realizing a cost savings is to assess your commercial lighting system and determine the last time it was upgraded or retrofit. Several years ago, light bulbs were light bulbs, but now with the advancement in technologies, and plethora of options available in commercial lighting, it’s important to make a selection that is going to provide you with the highest level of efficiency and lifecycle. Light-emitting diode (LED) lighting is the future of lighting. Some of the benefits include: long life cycle (some LED bulbs have the potential to last up to 50,000 hours compared to incandescent bulbs lasting 1,000-2,000 hours ), low maintenance, ecologically friendly, durable, zero UV emissions, safe and cool, flexible design, low voltage and they operate well in extreme temperatures. Using LED lighting in conjunction with energy management software allows you to control your lighting schedules, set dimmers based on the time of day (daylight harvesting) and utilize smart sensors for a complete integrated solution. This solution has the potential to save you up to 80% on your lighting bills.
So what next?
Define the Scope of Your Project – Are you going to retrofit your entire building or implement the retrofit in phases?
Meet with a Lighting Expert – A lighting expert will help you identify and evaluate your current lighting system and the best locations for dimmers and sensors. They can also help calculate the maintenance costs of your existing lighting system and compare it to the cost savings of completing a retro fit.
Identify Your Options – Do you need to upgrade your fixtures and wiring or can you replace existing bulbs and add dimmers?
Arrange the Installation – Do you need to temporarily halt production lines or close off a particular section of your space for the project? Is after hours an option?
Calculate Your Savings – Track your energy costs and compare them to previous billing cycles. Through the use of the Energy Management system, you will be able to modify and tweak your scheduling to maximize your savings.
What are you waiting for?
It’s time to change for efficiency, to lower your energy costs, reliability, peace of mind and a greener future. Incenergy, LLC., has a nationwide network of trusted professionals that we partner with to provide seamless transitions into a brighter future. Call us today!