Lighting control strategies are a great way to conserve energy and save money on your business’s operating costs. In the last blog post from our energy management company, we looked at four of these strategies, so don’t miss that post. Today we will look at more of these strategies and consider a few of the less commonly-implemented strategies that still work.
A business in almost any industry can implement these strategies with great results. However, your lighting is only a tiny piece of the puzzle, and our energy consultants will be able to give you a much more robust recommendation for how you can save the most money and be the most efficient with the resources that you devote to your energy spend.
Building Automation System
Using a building automation system (BAS) is a great way to control not just your lighting, but almost every other thing that consumes energy at your facility. Modern building automation systems are easy to operate, giving building managers a hassle-free way to optimize everything about a building’s energy consumption, and removing from the picture a lot of the potential for human error, forgetfulness, and guesswork.
The power grid has times of higher and lower demand, and during the peak energy usage times of day, there’s not only a bigger load on the grid, the power also probably costs more. Demand Responsive lighting is a strategy that reduces the energy consumption of your lighting by about 15 percent during these peak demand hours. This saves you money and also lessens the burden on the power grid. Demand responsive lighting is capable of receiving signals or messages from the power system and triggering an automated reduction in the power consumption of your lighting, saving you from being required to be vigilant.
If you live in California, you are probably already using this strategy, as legislation called Title 24 requires buildings to be compliant with this standard. However, elsewhere, there is a huge opportunity for companies to voluntarily implement this energy conservation strategy.
This strategy, also known as “Receptacle Control” is another simple strategy to keep lights off when they are not needed. More and more building codes are making it standard practice to require this strategy to be implemented, which essentially discontinues power to any electronic devices that are plugged in when the space is unoccupied. This not only helps with lighting, it can help other “vampire power” or “standby” devices stop inadvertently consuming energy that isn’t needed.
When sustainability is important to you, you’ll want your facility to reflect that, and there are many different ways to implement technology to create a high-efficiency or green commercial building. One of those strategies is high-end trimming, a strategy that prevents wasted energy in lighting by delivering the right amount of light when and where it is needed. Rather than setting your building’s lighting according to a worst-case scenario, why not set the maximum light level for each space? This reduces the likelihood that you will be over-lighting your space, while being barely perceptible to the human eye.
We hope these energy management tips have been helpful for you. An even better way to save the most money on energy is to get a consultation from one of our energy management experts. Contact us today to get started.