Reducing Operating Expenses
The lighting portion of your monthly utility expense can be up to 30% of your electricity costs depending upon your specific facility and geographic location. Upgrading to a new energy efficient lighting system with advanced lighting controls can reduce this expense by 50-80%.
The savings materialize due to the efficiency of new lighting technologies, such as LED, and the application of engineering designed lighting control systems. Since new lighting technology requires less power for the same or more output compared to prior generation technology, both your energy demand needs and your energy consumption are reduced. You keep the savings and improve margins.
The longer lasting life rating associated with these new lighting systems also means they will provide output for an extended period of time, lowering your maintenance costs and safety expenses associated with partial or fully inoperable systems. Lights also create heat – the older the lighting, the more heat generated – requiring additional electricity consumption to keep facility temperatures cool during warm months.
The savings can be accelerated through the design and installation of lighting control systems which turn off lights when spaces are unoccupied; dim lights when natural daylight warrants, and adjust lights based on the specific use of a specific space at a given time. Many advanced control systems can provide metering and verification of energy use before and after the upgrade. New systems can also include embedded intelligent sensors which can track broader energy and operational data to further improve energy consumption and lower operating costs.
Finally, most local utilities and their state-run regulatory agencies provide rebates and incentives for reducing your consumption. You can use these funds to help finance your lighting upgrade project.
If you’d like to know more about lowering your operating expenses through energy efficient lighting please contact us.