How Using Efficient Lighting Benefits Your Business
If your building relies on inefficient lighting, such as incandescent, halogen, HID, or T12 fluorescent, you’re missing out on significant savings. Updating your lighting can be a great first step when it comes to making your building an efficient one. Lighting makes up 17% of all electricity consumed in U.S. commercial buildings, meaning there’s plenty of opportunities to make your lighting more energy efficient.
The Perks of LED Lighting
With LED lighting, you can greatly reduce the electricity used by your commercial building with many light fixtures available to meet a wide variety of needs and applications. There are countless opportunities to make the switch to LED, including streetlights, parking garage lighting, and task lighting.
Upgrading to LEDs can improve your business and performance. LEDs:
- Provide the same brightness as traditional bulbs but use 90% less energy
- Last 15 times longer, which means big financial savings on operations and maintenance.
- Produce very little heat compared to incandescent bulbs, which release 90% of their energy as heat, and CFLs, which release 80% of their energy as heat
LEDs also pack a serious punch for the environment. By 2027, widespread use of LEDs could reduce our nation’s electricity use equal to the annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants, and lead to total savings of more than $30 billion.
Is it the Right Time to Upgrade?
It’s never a bad time to improve your commercial building’s energy efficiency, and LEDs make financial sense in most scenarios. Buildings in regions with high electricity costs and buildings with long operating hours will achieve the greatest return on investment. Here’s how your business can benefit:
- Reduce operating expenses
- Increase your company’s commitment to energy efficiency
- Take advantage of utility rebates
LED Utility Rebates and Incentives
Utilities and other energy efficiency program sponsors offer incentives (e.g., mail-in rebates, buy-downs, and instant rebates) throughout the United States to promote ENERGY STAR certified bulbs and fixtures, decorative light strings, and ceiling and ventilating fans with light kits. Many of these programs specifically target commercial buildings and reach up to $249 in savings for LED light fixtures.
How to Get Started with a Vendor
- Provide a lighting specific audit for your building
- Research and provide rebate information
- Manage the rebate process
- Oversee the installation of your lighting
- Track your energy savings
How to Get Started DIY
- How the color quality, optical performance, dimmability, and the lifetime of the LED bulb may impact the cost of the bulbs
- What the specific lighting needs of your commercial building are
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