Bright ideas are essential for any successful business, but is keeping your small business illuminated costing you more than it should? Depending on the type of business, lighting may account for 20% to 50% of the electricity a business consumes, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. Choosing more energy-efficient lighting options can help businesses curb electricity costs.
However, improving lighting efficiency doesn’t have to cost a lot at all. With just a modest investment, you can significantly reduce energy costs for years to come. Here are some energy-efficient lighting choices to consider:
- Switching to CFLs – Compact fluorescent light bulbs are a great option to replace traditional incandescent bulbs or less efficient fluorescent lighting. CFLs use about 75% less electricity than incandescent bulbs and last far longer.
- Switching to LEDs – Light emitting diodes are also far more efficient than incandescent bulbs, using up to 90% less power to provide the same amount of light. And they can last a whopping 25,000 hours whereas incandescent bulbs commonly fizzle out at 1,000 hours.
- Making use of daylighting – For energy savings, no light source beats the sun. A good daylighting system can reduce lighting energy use as much as 80%.
- Installing occupancy sensors – Why leave the lights on when no one is around? Many businesses do just that. An occupancy sensor will be able to tell when a room is vacant, and automatically turn the lights off to conserve energy.
- Upgrading exit signs – Federal regulations require exit signs to be lit 24/7, and that can consume a lot of power. Consider upgrading your older exit signs with more energy-efficient ones that use LEDs or CFLs for illumination.
Want to learn more about energy-efficient lighting that can help save your small business money on electricity costs? Visit the TXU Energy small business pages for tips, tools and ideas.