Reduce Your Monthly Energy Bills With Commercial Lighting Control
Become More Energy Efficient With a Custom Lighting Solution
When organizing your budget, there are some costs that are easy to visualize and manage like salaries, rent, and product development. One of the biggest curve balls in any business enterprise has to do with energy expenses. If not handled properly. these can vary wildly from month to month, making it harder to allocate resources efficiently. Below we highlight some of the ways that a commercial lighting control system can help you manage energy costs in your Minnetonka, MN business.
Actively Manage Your Energy Usage
To become more efficient, you need to know your faults and strengths. This will hold true in all areas of your business. Commercial lighting control systems come equipped with energy dashboards that let you track which areas are using the most energy. With some of the tools outlined below, you can make the necessary changes then check in regularly to see if adjustments are working.
Take Advantage of Your Natural Light
With photo sensors or timers, you can make sure you optimize the amount of natural light available throughout the day. Program photo sensors to automatically open shades and dim lights when hit directly by sunlight. You can also schedule shades to open in the morning to let in natural light while dimming artificial lights when they're not needed.
Dim Your Business Lights to 75 Percent
In most buildings, lights are automatically set at 100 percent intensity. The truth is that except for highly specialized spaces, most business activity can be conducted with lights at 75 percent. According to Legrand, dimming lights to 75 percent will cut your energy usage by 20 percent and extend your lamp life. The great thing is that it’s easy to save settings into your system. Find the dimming intensity that makes the most sense for each room or application so you can pull it up quickly at a later time.
Avoid Wasting Energy in Empty Spaces
Break rooms, classrooms, conference rooms, and bathrooms are the biggest offenders when it comes to energy waste according to a study by NEMA. Through motion sensors, you can ensure that lights are turned off in unused rooms. Having an occupancy sensor with a 20-minute delay can reduce lighting usage by 52 percent in classrooms, 47 percent in restrooms and 39 percent in conference rooms.
A smart lighting solution helps you become more efficient and can even result in local tax incentives for purchasing energy-saving products. To bring this technology into your business, contact us at 612-353-5087 or fill out our online form.