Posted by Rowena Phatak on Nov 12, 2015
When you’re busy managing the day-to-day challenges of running a business, it may be easy to set aside the larger concerns, such as addressing energy costs. Ideally, you want to be able to reduce energy consumption and energy costs to save money. But you need to create a plan first.
The longer you delay, the more energy savings opportunities you miss. Think of your utility bill as a monthly reminder to get started on your energy plan.
You may be wondering what you’re able to do today that will flatten your short- and long-term energy costs. Your first step should be to take a look at your business from an energy usage perspective and identify any problems.
Are your lights on at all times, even when your building is unoccupied? Are your lightbulbs outdated, wasting energy? Lighting is a prime area of your business where you’re able to enact changes for increased energy savings.
Lower The Cost Of Lighting
There are many opportunities for updating or retrofitting your building’s lighting. The easiest place to start is with your lightbulbs. Choose halogen incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), or LED lighting for their increased energy efficiency.
These bulbs use about 25 to 80 percent less energy compared to traditional incandescent lightbulbs.
Not only do they reduce your energy costs, but halogen, CFL, and LED lightbulbs last anywhere between three to 25 times longer than traditional incandescents, saving you money on replacements.
Once you have efficient lightbulbs in place, you should reduce your lighting usage by turning lights off or down when a room isn’t occupied. The following lighting control techniques help to reduce energy waste:
- Occupancy sensors
- Automatic timers
- Photosensors that detect sunlight
- Managing lighting on a schedule
Don’t jump into your lighting upgrades without a plan. You need to take an organized approach to selecting and replacing lightbulbs, installing sensors, or creating a lighting schedule. It’s important to develop a targeted energy reduction strategy with the help of an expert.
Work With An Energy Advisor
When you work with an energy advisor, you’re able to start creating an energy plan right away. Your advocate provides short- and long-term advice on a route toward true energy savings.
At your request, your advisor also conducts an energy assessment during which they identify areas of your building that are wasting energy and suggest strategies to reduce energy consumption.
You may be able to save on the cost of implementing your energy plan with a program such as Direct Install. Offered by the New Jersey Clean Energy Program (NJCEP) or the Alternative and Clean Energy Program (ACE). Programs such as these can cover up to 70 percent of installed costs for high-efficiency equipment.
There are many programs that allow businesses like yours to install new, more energy-efficient products with minimal out-of-pocket costs. Your energy advisor is there to guide you through the process of finding these opportunities and profiting from energy savings.
Are you missing out on cost savings opportunities because you’re lacking a structured energy plan? Receive personalized advice and recommendations by scheduling a free, 15-minute consultation with an Energy Advocate at South Jersey Energy today.