You shouldn't underestimate the costs of supplying electricity to lighting fixtures at your commercial facilities.
There are a lot of things you can do to cut lighting costs around your facilities this spring. These money saving practices could significantly improve your bottom line by reducing utility costs.
The following are four tips to keep in mind this spring for reducing lighting costs at your commercial facility:
Take advantage of natural lighting
During the spring time, days become longer and more natural lighting is available. You can design your facility and use your windows to take advantage of natural lighting.
Natural lighting is especially helpful in an office setting if you have enough windows that are spaced out to take advantage of light coming in. South facing windows are typically ideal for providing the most natural lighting of a building's interior throughout the day.
Replace incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs
You've probably already heard that energy-efficient, CFL bulbs and LED bulbs are less expensive when it comes to utility costs than traditional, incandescent bulbs.
You can replace all of your lightbulbs with CFL and LED bulbs to significantly improve the sustainability and efficiency of your facility's lighting system.
Between the three types of bulbs (incandescent, CFL, and LED), LED bulbs are probably the most efficient. However, CFL bulbs tend to be less expensive for the initial costs of purchase than LED bulbs. However, costs over the long term when utility expenses are factored in are lowest for LED bulbs.
Connect lighting fixtures to an automated system
If you can automate lighting at your facility, you can ensure that you will never waste electricity on lighting.
Through automation, you can set lighting fixtures on a schedule so that they go on and off at certain times. You can also control lighting fixtures remotely so that when you're not at work you can see what lighting fixtures are on and set lighting fixtures appropriately from a distance.
Have older facilities rewired
Small changes to a facility's wiring can lead to big savings when it comes to utility costs. Since lighting fixtures are entirely dependent on electricity, rewiring can make lighting much less costly and more efficient at a facility.
Simply changing the wire size used in a facility's wiring can dramatically reduce electric costs around a facility. If you're operating out of an older facility, it's a good idea to discuss the possibility of rewiring with an experienced electrician to see how much your company stands to benefit from rewiring.