Year-round, electrical equipment can often account for a large portion of the energy used in a commercial or residential building. So how can you cut down your energy use with electrical equipment and not sacrifice performance? Check out these 11 tips by Jet Industries Inc.’s electrical efficiency specialists:
Use ENERGY STAR compact fluorescent light bulbs. ENERGY STAR compact fluorescent light bulbs last longer and use up to 75 percent less energy than standard light bulbs. You can cut your electric bill by $60 per year if you replace the standard bulbs in your five most frequently used light fixtures. Properly dispose of compact fluorescent light bulbs at your local household hazardous waste collection site.
Use natural lighting. Open curtains and shades during the day instead of using lighting. Consider skylights and solar tubes during remodeling or new construction design. This allows the maximum use of natural daylight.
Plan your lighting. Not every room needs the same amount of general light. Plan within a room to provide general background lighting and supplementary task lighting. A good lighting plan can reduce lighting costs and still provide all the light you need.
Use a single, high-watt bulb. Using one high-watt bulb instead of several low-watt bulbs saves energy. Do not exceed the manufacturer’s recommended wattage for the fixture.
Control outdoor lighting. To assure only dusk-to-dawn operation of your outdoor lights, control your fixtures with a photocell or a timer.
Turn off the lights. Turn off lights when not in use, even for short periods of time. Turning lights off and on use less energy than if they are left on all the time.
Install a timer on indoor lights. Use timers to turn lights on and off to help regulate use.
Avoid long-life incandescent light bulbs. Long-life incandescent light bulbs are the least efficient of the incandescent bulbs.
Consider LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting. LEDs are becoming more common for can, track, under-cabinet, and holiday lighting. The initial cost is more, but the lights use 10 times less energy and last 50 times longer than incandescent lights. They use one-third of the energy and last 5 times longer than compact fluorescent lights.
Position lights properly. Try to illuminate the entire activity area without creating distracting glares or shadows. To do this, position your light source closer to the area you want lit. This saves energy by not over-lighting an unused area.
Adjust light level. Higher light settings use more energy, so save energy by using dimmer controls, high/low switches, or three-way bulbs to adjust the level of light to exactly what you need.
To learn more about electrical efficiency and best practices for saving energy costs, call Jet Industries Inc.’s today toll-free at 503-647-6133