Shine a Light on Energy Saving Opportunities for Your Business
March 11, 2020
Sometimes the simplest changes can make a significant impact. In a day and age when businesses are doing more with less, small steps to save money and energy simultaneously offer a win-win solution for all those involved. Installing efficient LED bulbs and fixtures is a cost-effective way to deliver several benefits to your business. Let’s get the two obvious ones out of the way first:
- Savings: LED bulbs up to 90% less energy than incandescent bulbs, helping you lower your energy bills.
- Convenience: LED lighting lasts 15 times longer than incandescent lighting and 2-5 times longer than fluorescent, which means fewer bulb change outs are required.
There are other benefits that make upgrading to LEDs a quick-win solution for your business. Here are five ways you can revamp your lighting:
In many cases, this is the lighting your business relies on most, and making the switch to LEDs here will result in the greatest energy savings impact. In addition to being more energy efficient, LED lighting is also safer, especially when it comes to the admission of heat. LEDs emit almost no forward heat, while traditional bulbs convert more than 90% of the total energy used to power them directly into heat.
Bathrooms, kitchen areas and conference rooms are some of the examples of areas in your business that only need to be lit when customers or employees are using them. Occupancy sensors help out when people forget to turn off the lights when leaving the bathroom or when they’re trying to carry a hot bowl of soup back to their desk from the communal kitchen.
LED exit signs
You probably don’t think too much about your exit signs, but they use energy 24/7 and the more signs you have, the more energy you’re using. If you have older exit signs that use incandescent bulbs, replacing them with LED exit signs can save up to $40 in energy costs annually per sign. Additionally, LED signs last 10+ years, so you’re saving on costs to maintain the signs as well.
Cooler cases used by convenience stores, grocery stores, delis and restaurants can benefit from LED lighting in a few ways beyond cost savings. Because LED bulbs give off less heat, compressor fans don’t need to run as much to keep fridge contents cool. LED lighting can also help improve the look of the products displayed in the cooler cases.
In addition to energy and maintenance cost savings, higher quality LED lighting in parking areas and the exterior of your building can enhance safety and security for your customers and employees.
To learn which lighting upgrades are right for your business and receive up to 70% off the cost of qualified equipment installation, please our facilities assessment page.