You will have the tools and knowledge (oh ya...check out our Free E-Course) you need to analyze your facility lighting without spending all the money for a formal engineering audit of your facility.
If you follow all the stages, you will complete your own commercial energy audit. You will be able to see if energy efficiency really makes sense for your company.
Energy Efficient improvements to your facility is one of the best investments you could ever make. (See Part 1 if this isn't making any sense!)
Let's take a look at the stages:
Stage 1-Understand The Benefits Of Energy Efficient Lighting
There are a lot of benefits to pursuing an energy efficient strategy for your facility. It is up to you to decide if it is right for your Company. Many people still think that energy efficiency is a scam...really, it's not.
It might make sense for you to pursue it or it might not. Take a look at this list of benefits to upgrading your building:
- Reduction in annual energy consumption
- Utilities have LOTS of cash to give you incentives to upgrade
- Tax deductions....Energy Policy Act of 2005
- Reduced maintenance costs
- Increased productivity
- Energy costs are on the rise....do you really have a choice?
Reduced costs, tax deductions, increased productivity...sounds like business owner heaven!
Estimated Time: 2 Hours
Stage 2-Establish Energy Efficiency Goal
What do you want to accomplish with a commercial energy audit? People have different reasons for considering an energy efficient upgrade. Most of the time it centers around costs, but it depends on what you are looking for:
- Cost savings
- Better lighting
- Take advantage of utility incentives
- Tax deductions
- Or just curious....
It is important to set your goal upfront, so that you have a measurable benchmark when you get to making a business decision.
Estimated Time: 3 Hours
Stage 3-Identify Existing Lighting Fixtures
You have to figure out what you have before you can go on too far. When doing a financial analysis for energy efficiency, you have to know what you have. This is important for many reasons.
- You want to make sure your analysis is accurate, you will be making a major business decision with this data
- The amount of incentives is usually determined by comparing to existing infrastructure.
Not sure what you have? We can help you with that.
Estimated Time: 10 Hours
Stage 4-Focus On What Is Important
There is a lot of jargon out there and high pressure salesman who are pushing product. Many will put brochures in front of you with lots of fancy terms that you will likely not understand. There are some you need to know. Here are some important terms:
- Types of energy efficient improvements
- Types of fixtures and suitable replacements
- Understand the role of the ballast
- Types of lighting
- Lighting levels
- Lumen maintenance
- Lamp mortality
- Color temperature
- Fixture life
Dial in to our Free E-course as we walk through each step the "technical" side of energy efficiency. You will gain an understanding of what you really need to know about energy efficient terminology.
Estimated Time: 5 Hours
Want To Learn More?
Check out our 3 part of the series tomorrow focused on Stages 1-7. If you want to get a notice when the next blog is posted, just put your email over to the right under "subscribe".
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What Do You Think?
Do you think you can do your own energy audit? (...I am sure I will be hearing from some engineers on this one...)
How long do you think it would take you to do Stages 1-4?
Let me know in the comments section below.