Smart Energy Saving Tips for Your Business
30 Dec, 2019 / Comments: Comments Off on Smart Energy Saving Tips for Your Business / By Corey Haywood
If you own a business, you are always looking for ways you can save money. You shop around for the best deal you can get on equipment, furniture, electronics, and maintenance, for example. You try to operate as efficiently as possible. You consolidate where you can and use technology to increase the efficiency of your production line and to help improve the efficiency of your staff. But that isn’t always enough. You still look at your bills and know there must be other options to cut them down even further.
As you know, the cost of electricity rarely goes down but it is almost guaranteed to go up. Sure, unless you run a 24-hour business, you turn off the lights when the last person leaves, but that saves you a minuscule amount of money on your electric bill. However, you can take some steps to save energy costs, and you have to know where to look. Many places around your business can all save a little, and those little bits of savings add up. You have to start small and keep going.
What Savings Can I Implement Quickly?
If you have areas in your business that are not in use all the time, you can either turn these lights off manually until they are in use or install motion sensors to turn them on and off as they are needed. Once your employees are in the area, those machines turn on. Each device goes into motion when employees are working. This way, the lights should not go on and off all the time. Some motion sensors can be set to a higher or lower sensitivity level to help with this. This is particularly useful in bathrooms and storage spaces where traffic is intermittent.
If you have outdoor lights, turn them off during the day or put a light sensor on them or a timer, so they always turn on and off at a particular time. You can adjust the settings until they work for you. Do the same for your security lights. Put them on timers or photoelectric control. You can also implement solar lights outside so that you cut down on any electricity needed even further.
Another tip is to make sure that your windows, skylights, and your light fixtures and reflective surfaces are always clean. This increases the output of your lights, helps you to use natural daylight, and could reduce the lumens you need on your light bulbs. Lower lumen bulbs are less expensive to buy and to operate. You may also consider painting your work areas with lighter colors. Since the light from bulbs bouncing off the lighter color walls can increase the amount of light, you get.
What About Future Purchases?
If you have lights that burn all day, replace them with energy-efficient CFL or LED lights. They will last longer and will put out more light. Also, make sure that you do not over-light your facility because that causes glare, which can increase eyestrain. If you must use fluorescent lights, use T8 tubes instead of T12 tubes, as the T12s are more efficient.
Make sure your exit signs are Energy Star™ qualified. When you purchase new equipment, make sure it, too, is certified as energy efficient. If it costs a little more now, it will save you in the long run. One other little-used trick is to unplug your electronics whenever you leave for your shift. Modern electronics draw power even when they are turned off but are still plugged in. Also, if you are remodeling or adding an addition, get an energy assessment and see if solar panels would work in the new area. Every little bit helps.