The complete guide to commercial energy efficiency

How much do you really know about commercial energy efficiency? Are you doing everything you can to make your business more environmentally friendly? This week, find out how different lighting strategies can help you reduce your power bills, minimize carbon pollution and save energy at the same time. Read on!

In Australia, the non-residential sector, which includes commercial buildings such as offices, shops or restaurants, is responsible for approximately 10% of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. Combined with intense industrial activity, this may lead, over the years, to a recipe for disaster.

Fortunately, more and more business owners these days start to realize that implementing energy efficient solutions is the way to a greener future. In fact, saving power may be one of the simplest ways of improving business profitability.

 

Need a certified electrician to help your business improve its energy efficiency? Call us at 1300452742 and talk to the experts today!

 

Lighting

Did you know that up to half your energy bill could be down to lighting? This is because the lighting is a very important, multipurpose factor in commercial environments. For example, good lighting in office buildings optimizes staff productivity. Similarly, when used in retail spaces, from boutique shops to shopping malls, lighting influences buyers’ decision and thus increases sales.

Therefore, together with the office equipmentusing lighting responsively is the foundation stone of commercial energy efficiency. In fact, changing behaviours in your workplace isn’t just good for your business financially but it can also help make your workplace more sustainable.

So here are some of the lighting strategies every business owner in Australia should ideally include in their New Year’s resolutions:

  • Enforce a lights-off policy at the end of the day

First and foremost, small changes can possibly make a big difference. Think of your business as your own home. Just like you manage your household energy consumption, it’s important to raise awareness at work, too. For this reason, simple things like switching off the lights at the end of the day represent healthy habits and have long-term results. So, be creative! Place stickers, reminders and constantly encourage staff to turn off lights when they leave the office.

 

  • Use natural lighting as much as possible

natural lightIt’s no secret that the healthiest and most beneficial type of lighting is the natural light. That is why you should take full advantage of it anytime, anywhere. For instance, move work desks to brighter areas. Or, choose bright colours for the walls in order to enhance light. This will also increase employee well-being and satisfaction at work.

 

  • Install lighting control systems

Furthermore, you should think of ways to easier manage lighting at work. One way to do this is to install motion sensors and timers to optimize lighting use. Also, purchase lighting fixtures that have a dimmer so you can manually adjust the light intensity of each area of the office. For best performances, though, consider choosing smart lighting integrated into the Building Management Systems.

 

  • Upgrade to energy efficient lighting options

Finally, try to let go of traditional lighting like incandescent or halogen light bulbs and embrace the high-performance LED technology. Despite their upfront costs, LED bulbs are the most cost-effective type of lighting. In fact, they are 4 to 7 times more efficient than the regular incandescent or halogen equivalent. Due to their long lifespan, they can also make a great option for a commercial building’s exit and emergency lighting.

 

Conclusion

Upgrade to energy efficient lighting optionsRemember that small changes have a big impact on your business as a whole. By promoting healthy habits, you increase the commercial energy efficiency. At the end of the day, this means a cost-effective way to manage rising energy prices, increase productivity and reduce operating costs.

 

If you are interested in the latest commercial lighting solutions, call Jaric Electrical at 1300 452 742 and optimize your business lights with the flick of a switch.

 

Until next time, turn your workplace into an energy-efficient environment!

Your friend and electrical expert,

John Ricca

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