Updated: Jul 27
There are different ways of saving energy and using it more efficiently integrating energy-saving products and solutions into buildings and industries of all types. That means you will use less energy doing the same activities, becoming aware of how energy is used, where it's wasted, and how it can be used more effectively and efficiently.
Let’s look at 6 ways to reduce your energy consumption:
1. Many areas within a building may not be occupied for extended periods during the day. When you add up all the areas that are unoccupied during a full day, the total energy usage and costs can really add up. Room and area occupancy sensors can turn off the juice when it is simply not needed. If budgeting is a challenge, start small by installing some occupancy sensors in the least occupied spaces and slowly expand coverage. The additions will ultimately pay for themselves many times over.
2. Lighting dimmers are an often overlooked, yet very effective energy savers, and dimmers combined with timers or occupancy sensors are very effective energy reducers. One common best practice is to set the starting lighting level at 50%. If more light is needed, it can be turned up. Not only do dimmers save money by reducing energy usage, but they can also extend bulb life. Incandescent and halogen bulbs have been shown to last up to 20 times longer when used with a dimmer, which is money in the pocket. And when used with LED bulbs, the savings can be greater still.
3. Essentially a high-tech, large-scale, more customization version of the occupancy-sensing power strip, plug load controllable and wireless receptacle controls help eliminate vampire power draw throughout an entire building. Plug load controls provide an estimated 10% energy savings and meet new energy codes that require that 50% of all 15 & 20A, 125V receptacles be controlled automatically in areas such as private offices, open offices, modular partitions, and computer classrooms.
4. There are a host of day-lighting controls that automatically reduce electric light levels based on the amount of natural light available through windows or skylights. These devices, such as dimmers and photo-sensors, can reduce energy consumption by as much as 40%.
5. Reduce heat, glare and energy cost. While we usually enjoy having natural sunlight coming through the windows, the heat from the sun can affect the heating / ventilation / air-conditioning (HVAC) load. Easily manage natural light for energy savings with automatic motorized shades, which can be programmed to rise and lower to keep lighting and temperature at optimum levels.
6. Power strips draw electricity whether the devices they serve are turned on. So, even if equipment is in use 8-10 hours per day, the power strips draw energy 24 hours per day. Considering that many of the devices that are plugged into the power strips are left on unnecessarily, it is evident how much energy is wasted. Occupancy-sensing power strips have a motion sensor that senses when a room or area is no longer in use and automatically shuts off power to individual outlets. Because there may be devices that must always receive power, many power strips offer a number of “live” outlets that receive power 24/7. OS power strips give an added level of energy usage control for non-critical devices that do not need power during unoccupied periods.
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