Turn off lights when not in use
- Lights should be turned off whenever an area is unoccupied, including unused common areas such as copy rooms, break rooms, conference rooms and restrooms.
- If your lights can be controlled separately, turn off lights whenever there is enough natural light.
- Post reminders next to light switches or install occupancy sensors to keep lights off in unused areas. Occupancy sensors turn off lights automatically when space is unoccupied saving about 25% of the lighting energy.
Retrofit your old lighting system to save energy and improve lighting quality
New technologies in incandescent and fluorescent lamp manufacturing are being implemented throughout North America to reduce energy consumption and improve lighting quality, at costs comparable to standard technologies.
Halogen lamps. In accent lighting applications, replace incandescent lamps with line voltage (PAR type) or low voltage (MR16 type) halogen lamps. They last longer, consume less energy and add more light reflection with greater sharpness.
T8 fluorescent lamps. Replace your existing T12 fluorescent lamps and magnetic ballasts with T8 fluorescent lamps and electronic ballasts. They reduce up to 40% of the energy costs, lower maintenance costs, increase the system's life and improve the quality of light.
Use LEDs (light emitting diodes) for exit signs
LEDs are currently used for indicator lights and numeric displays on electronic devices. They are also becoming the standard for illuminating Exit signs.
This is because new LED exit signs or retrofit kits consume 1-3 watts a fraction of the energy used by incandescent-based signs-and last about 100,000 hours. LEDs can also be inserted in the same sockets as incandescent lamps.
These are just some of the recommendations that can help you cut costs on your monthly power bill as well as improve your overall lighting effects.