Efficiency

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Energy efficiency begins with a choice. Do you take a step towards reducing your consumption of energy, or do you continue to burn as much energy as possible?

For some of our customers, they choose to be more responsible with their energy consumption because it feels like the right thing to do. For others, it is a simple way to save money.

No matter your reason, individuals and businesses alike have a sincere interest in reducing their energy consumption and to save money on their electrical bill. The difficult part may be in developing a plan to become more energy efficient.  Let’s take a look at the major areas of efficiency.

ON/OFF SWITCH

By simply turning off the light switch, you reduce your energy consumption. By turning off the air conditioner and turning on the fan, you reduce your energy consumption.  It’s a simple effort, but you would be surprised how many times people miss this opportunity.

LIGHTING

Technology advances so quickly, and it is no different for lighting. Although the original incandescent lamp from 1879 is still in use today, we have dozens of lighting options that perform better than this original lamp and can save as much as 50% of your lighting energy.

  • LED: Light Emitting Diodes (LED) are the most exciting lighting technology in the market today. In order to make the switch to LED, there is some basic information that you should understand.
    • Pros:
      • Long life – LED lights can last 100,000 hours
      • Dimmable – LED lights can steadily dim down from full brightness to complete darkness
      • Directional – LED lights reduce light pollution by placing light precisely where it is designed to be
      • Cool to the touch – LED lights have heat management that removes heat from the space being lit
    • Cons:
      • Higher price – LED lights can be significantly more expensive than other lights
      • Maintenance – LED lights have limited serviceability
      • Warranty – choose a reputable manufacturer that has been in business longer than the warranty on their product
  • Fluorescent: We started with T12 lamps in 1938, but now we have T8 and T5 lamps that are much more energy efficient. If you have fluorescent lamps in your facility, you may want to consider the following.
    • Consider switching from T12 to T8 lamps immediately because:
      • An F28T8 lamp puts out a similar amount of light as a F34T12 lamp, but only uses 60% of the energy
      • T12 lamps are becoming more scarce than T8 lamps, so replacing a T12 lamp can be more difficult (and more expensive)
      • As of July 2012, 70% of the T12 lamps are no longer produced
      • As of July 2010, magnetic ballasts that support the T12 lamps are no longer produced
    • Consider switching your high and low bay lighting to T5 lamps:
      • T5 lamps do not have a long run-up/warm-up time like HID lamps, so you can turn T5 lamps on and off without disrupting your operation
      • T5 lamps reach their peak performance in the high temperature environment of a high ceiling
      • T5 lighting systems can provide the same amount of light as an HID system, but only uses 60% of the energy
  • HID: High Intensity Discharge lighting systems include Metal Halide (MH) lamps, High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lamps, and Low Pressure Sodium (LPS) lamps. These lighting systems are typically used in high and low bay facilities, exterior wall-mounted applications, and pole-mounted applications. Depending on your electrical rate and operating hours of your lighting, replacing these HID lighting systems can be a very good move. HID lighting has been very good and very reliable for decades. The maintenance cost for these systems can be attractive too. These lamps also have high energy consumption, so replacing these lighting systems with more energy efficient solutions can be financially rewarding.