Taking simple steps to cut back on the amount of energy used to light your business can help save money in the long run. The list of simple steps can lead you down the path to energy (and cost) savings.
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- First of all, you will need to count out how many of the old incandescent bulbs you will be replacing with energy-efficient compact fluorescent lights. There are different types of CFLs to choose from so make sure you read this article to know what to look for. While you are looking at which bulbs you are going to replace, keep an eye out for lamps where you may be able to install timers or time clocks at the outlet. Also, look for where you can install occupancy sensors (see step 3).
- The next step involves you going to the local store to purchase the new bulbs and the timers. A hardware store will have everything you need. Just bring your list to one of the salespeople and they will help you find the items you are looking for. If you are not savvy with tools, be sure to ask them how to go about installing things like occupancy sensors. If you are uncomfortable installing these items yourself, hire a handyman or ask the store about installation services.
- Install occupancy sensors or turn off lights when not needed. Occupancy sensors have been shown to save up to 30 percent on lighting costs during normal working hours. Lights in storage areas, conference rooms, restrooms, or near windows can be left off when space is unoccupied or where daylighting is sufficient.
- Install the timers or time clocks to ensure that interior and exterior lights are turned off at the appropriate time. These are generally simple to install and are inexpensive as well.
- Buy your compact fluorescent lightbulbs. Forty-watt fluorescent lamps can be replaced with 34-watt compact fluorescent lamps that produce just as much light. This simple replacement can reduce lighting costs by up to 75 and the CFLs last up to ten times as long as incandescent bulbs.
- Call your local power company for a site survey. They can often find extra opportunities to save.
- If nothing else, switch from incandescent bulbs to the CFLs. This can save on both energy costs, and the cost of replacing the bulbs.
What You Need
- Compact Fluorescent Lights
- Occupancy Sensors
- A Ladder
- Tools (designated by your hardware salesperson)