4 Effective Ways to Save Energy in Commercial Buildings

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4 Energy Saving Strategies for Commercial Offices

 

Cutting down on energy consumption is essential for the environment. Conserving energy curtails the use of fossil fuels and limits the emission of greenhouse gases.  With ongoing campaigns to raise awareness around environmental degradation, corporations are starting to take steps to help the environment.

Preserving energy is one of the many ways in which you can help save the environment without too much hassle. With advancements in lighting technology, trimming down energy consumption has become quite easy. The experts at LFP Lighting have put together 4 strategies to save energy in commercial buildings:

Replace Fluorescent Lights with LED Lights

Fluorescent lights are the most commonly used lights in commercial buildings. Their bright lighting makes them the most dominant lighting option in offices. However, fluorescent lighting is harsh on the eyes, significantly loses light output over time, can contain mercury leading to greater environmental concerns and does a poor job of showing true color saturation.  When it comes to commercial lighting , making the switch to LED lights is a more effective energy saving strategy compared to fluorescent lights.

Install Better Insulation

Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems are employed in commercial buildings to ensure proper temperature control and comfort for the occupants. However, the energy used by these systems can be controlled if proper external insulation is installed. Using durable and effective material to insulate the building will prevent heat loss or overheating, and keep the temperature pleasant regardless of the weather outside.

Get Lighting Controls

How often do you use the meeting rooms, or spaces that do not house working stations in your office building? Though these spaces are not regularly occupied, lights often remain on causing wasted energy consumption. In order to save that energy, install lighting controls to ensure energy conservation.

  • Timers

Install timers that will turn the lights off automatically after office hours.

  • Occupancy Sensors

Occupancy sensors will turn the lights on and off automatically as someone enters or leaves a room.

  • Dimmers

Installing dimmers with daylight harvesting sensors can help you control the energy consumption in your office and maintain a comfortable environment in the workplace.  Daylight harvesting sensors dim the fixtures in areas receiving natural lighting from windows or skylights and turn light up if natural light is reduced such as cloudy days or as the sun sets.

IoT

Install automation systems in your office building by using the IoT, or “Internet of things.”  The internet is a powerful component of making commercial buildings energy efficient.

Multiple systems such as HVAC, Lighting, Access and Security, WiFi and more can be tied together in one eco-system.  This system uses the internet to connect the information gathered from various devices like regulators and sensors that are attached to the systems. The technology learns patterns of usage and is able to adjust systems to maximize energy efficiency.

The information is gathered in the form of air pressure, light flow, temperature change, or water flow. Making use of IoT is a highly efficient way of cutting excessive energy costs and saving energy.

Saving energy in commercial buildings increases their value and appeal. It also helps save maintenance costs and makes it easier to operate the business. To learn more from our professional lighting experts, project managers and lighting distribution specialists with a combined 200+ years of experience, contact us today at (214) 612-0703 or lfpinfo@lfplighting.com.

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