3 Ways to Effectively Reduce Electricity Usage in Your Facility
Updated: Feb 27
According to a recent report published by EIU, global energy consumption will grow by just 1.3% in 2023, amid a slowing economy and high energy prices. However, renewable energies like solar and wind consumption will surge by 11% in 2023. With an increase in consumption, you will likely see an increase in some of your energy bills as a result. Are you prepared? Have you taken steps to reduce energy consumption in your facility?
We have put together just three steps you can take in your facility to reduce your energy consumption and particularly looking at one of the easiest ways to conserve, and that is through your electrical usage.
1. Convert to LEDs.
Did you know that LEDs consume up to 80% less energy, are up to 90% more efficient, and quite frankly last longer than incandescent bulbs (up to 25x longer). In fact, LEDs are expected to make up 87% of lighting sources by 2030. We are finding that most facilities we work with have not made this change due to having the resources to make the replacement or the inability to identify the fixtures that could be replaced.
2. Use Lighting Controls and Plan your Electrical Consumption
If you have already moved to LEDs, did you consider installing lighting controls with it? No worries, this problem is something that can be solved easily and provide a quick return. Lighting controls will help to reduce or turn off lighting in areas of your facility that are not being used and illuminate when your employees are moving about. Oh, and don’t forget about the lighting externally. Do you have parking lots, loading docks, and courtyards that have some type of control on them? Consider these areas as well.
Don’t forget about planning the use of your equipment around non-peak hours. Some electric utilities use time-of-use pricing, and the cost of your electricity can vary depending on the time of day. Talk to your electricity provider about this to learn if they offer this.
3. Do an audit
Not sure where to start or simply just don’t have the time and resources to get started. Have a trusted provider do a lighting and energy audit. This simple, low-cost step can save you thousands in the future. Most audits, if done right, will provide you with the day-to-day steps you can take without further investments but at the same time as providing you a roadmap on electrical and energy conversions you can take over the next year or two.
So, can Current Electrical Services help you take these steps? Absolutely! Located over in De Pere, Wisconsin, we have been serving this region since 2005. We pride ourselves in being a veteran-owned company composed of electrical technicians, engineers, designers, BICSI-certified installers and technicians, journeymen, and master electricians. We support a wide variety of industries including Industrial, Commercial, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Education, and Solar. If you are looking for a partner to help you get started, please reach out.