- Make sure you are getting the best possible light by cleaning fixtures and replacing any yellowed or hazy lenses and diffusers twice a year.
- Open blinds and shades. Turn off lights in unoccupied areas or in spaces with sufficient natural lighting.
- Turn off the lights when not needed. It is a myth that leaving them on uses less energy than turning them off. Turn off signage and other lights not necessary for security and safety.
- Install energy management system (EMS) technology to control lighting systems automatically. Energy savings can range from 10 to 15% of total lighting energy use.
- Install exit signs with Light Emitting Diodes (LED). A new LED exit sign fixture will save about 90% over an incandescent bulb’s operating costs.
- Install occupancy sensors in the proper locations to automatically turn off lighting when no one is present, and back on when they return. Use sensors in rooms with high traffic (break rooms, restrooms, conference rooms) for reduced lighting costs of up to 40%. But don’t install the sensor behind a coat rack, door or book case. It must be able to “see” the motion of occupant approaching an unlit area to turn on the light before, or as they enter.
- Replace standard flourescents. Seesmart™ LED based T8s provide an estimated savings of 50% to 90% of electricity operating costs.
- Retrofit hallway and security lighting. Convert hallway and non-public security lighting to energy saving Seesmart™ LED based T8s.
- Rewire restroom fans to operate when lights are turned on and turn off when the restroom is unoccupied.
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