With winter coming, it’s time to start thinking about how to save energy with a few smart lighting tips.
During the winter, commercial owners are often faced with an energy bill that is usually higher than usual. But, this winter, reduce your lighting costs by following these tips. For businesses, this will mean a better bottom line and less strain on the grid.
What factors impact energy bills?
During the winter, your business is paying more for electricity to keep the lights on during long, cold nights. Outdoor lights need to operate longer and more efficiently to guarantee employee and customer safety; interior lighting is also especially necessary to account for the lack of daytime sunlight. Accordingly, this increase in light use causes an increase in energy use. Imagine how much money you would save if you could reduce the amount of electricity that your business uses. Daylight hours are significantly shorter, and since there’s more need for lighting, it’s important to take a few small steps to save energy during the winter.
Here are some tips for saving your energy during the winter.
Upgrade to LEDs.
LED lighting is 90% more efficient than traditional bulbs and lasts 12-22 years, making them a great investment for your business in the long run. LEDs use less power in general, which will save you money when it’s time to pay your bill!
LED retrofitting projects are known to achieve an average of 60-75% energy efficiency in lighting. LED products tend to use less power, while still producing the same high-quality light:
- Recessed downlights
- Modular lighting
- Dimmable bulbs
- Diffused/omnidirectional bulbs
- Tube lights
LEDs are a perfect winter light. They provide a brighter, more clarifying light than incandescent and fluorescent bulbs, which is especially necessary during the gloomy winter months to create welcoming commercial properties and encourage productivity. LEDs can also operate at virtually any percentage of their rated power, meaning they can operate efficiently to save energy costs time and time again.
Install dimmer switches, sensors, and controls
Automated and time-controlled devices, such as dimmer switches, sensors, and other controls can ensure energy waste reduction during the winter. They’re easy to install and they’ll make sure you turn the lights off when they’re not in use.
Sensors that activate lights based on motion are a great way to save electricity and make sure you’re only using them when they’re needed. If you need to light your parking garage at night, there’s a lighting product that will activate the light when motion is detected. You can also adjust exterior lights by adjusting their timer depending on the time of day.
Getting started with lighting control can be a little confusing, but don’t worry! There are many great devices that can help you reduce your commercial energy expenses. Here are some of the most common ones!
- Control panels
- Occupancy sensors for indoor lighting
- Dimmer switches
- Motion sensors for outdoor lighting
- Networked lighting control systems
The best way to make a big change is by making small changes over time.
If you’re on the lookout for a way to save on your electric bill, there are some simple steps you can take to use less light.
- For instance, using electrical lamps will provide ample light at a lower cost than an overhead light.
- You can prioritize remembering to turn lights off and on manually and make use of as much natural light.
- Installing lighting switches in large, open-plan spaces can be an effective way to regulate energy usage by restricting lighting to areas that are currently in use.
- If you want to create the perfect ambiance without over-lighting, try using lower wattage bulbs. You can also make use of as much daylight as possible by rearranging your space in accordance with the highest sunlight hours.
- If you want to reduce energy costs further, smart controls could reduce energy loss, dimming lighting or eliminating the need to leave the lighting on all the time.
The demand for electricity during the winter season is great and overuse of the grid creates challenges for electricity providers. For businesses, this means that a savings of just 2% of their electricity usage can result in huge savings and energy efficiency for the business. For instance, instead of purchasing new light bulbs, you may want to check out this list of energy-saving bulbs.