If your business could save on your electricity bill every month, would it help?

Looking for a sneaky way to crush the competition and cut your costs?

While your complete energy management strategy will need to be much more robust than what we can cover in one blog, your building’s lighting is one facet of how to save money every month and pull off getting the best price on the electricity you need.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell you that the more you can keep your lights turned off, the more money you’ll save. Obviously, it’s not as simple just saying, “Well, folks, no more light.” People need light to do their jobs. But there are strategies that you can employ to harness the optimum balance between light production and money savings. Here are a few of our recommendations.

Occupancy Sensors

No longer do you have to tell people to “Remember to turn out the lights when you leave” or put up signs near the light switches that simply get ignored. Occupancy sensors are a great way for the lights to come on as soon as someone walks into a room, and turn themselves off shortly after everyone has left. Occupancy sensors have come a long way and gotten a lot smarter since the first generations of ones that would turn off if you sat still for too long. These sensors help you to save energy by only using lights when they are needed.

Multi-Level Lighting

If you live in California, your building is probably outfitted with multi-level lighting in order to comply with building codes, but elsewhere in the country, you may not have implemented this cost-saving solution yet. Multi-level lighting is lighting that is capable of several levels of dimming. With dimming technology becoming cheaper and more reliable all the time, upgrading to multi-level lighting can often protect you from spaces that are over-lit due to the old style of installing uniform lighting throughout a space.

Daylight Harvesting

Next time you go into almost any Wal-Mart store, look up at the ceiling and notice the number of panels in the ceiling that let daylight in. Why have a solid, opaque ceiling if you could obtain natural lighting from the sun into your space? On a bright, sunny day, these ceiling panels will let so much daylight in that the interior lights won’t even need to come on. However, if a storm should arise, darkening the sky, the lighting sensors will automatically detect the change and turn on the interior lights at just the right level to keep the store at a uniform brightness. This can be a cost-effective option for many commercial buildings, especially if they are only one story.


When everyone goes home for the day, you shouldn’t have to depend on an employee to turn off your lights for you. Simply schedule all your lights to turn off automatically at 7:00 PM or whatever time will give everyone time to exit the building.

These are just a few of the lighting control strategies that you can implement in your commercial building, but don’t stop there! Get a consultation from Energy Network about what else you can do to save big.