Did you know that more than half of a store’s electricity bill corresponds to lighting? Although this is an essential aspect for any company – and, of course, for its outdoor advertising actions – there are always opportunities to reduce the amount paid for this concept. To help you achieve this, we bring you some tricks to save on electricity in your business. Although some will already be familiar with these tips, we assure you that many others will be very useful. Pay attention!
Analyze if you are using the lighting you (really) need
No one disputes that lighting plays a key role in any business. In addition to conditioning how buyers perceive space, it also influences the impression they get of the products displayed. In some cases, this factor is even more important, as is the case with restaurants. For those who want to offer a relaxed atmosphere, a dim light will be the best ally. On the other hand, in the case of fast food stores, intense lighting will prevail, which favors the customer to eat faster and leave the premises before. Hence the importance of lighting technology … and to verify if you are using excessive lighting. No one knows your establishment’s needs better than you.
Another trick to save electricity in your business is to paint ceilings and walls in a bright color, which will help increase the feeling of luminosity. It is also desirable to take full advantage of natural light to lower your energy bill.
Control the air conditioning
It is not uncommon to see people inside the stores looking for a jacket or a shawl with which to cover their shoulders … during the summer months. The same goes for customers who, in the middle of the Christmas shopping, end up shopping in short sleeves. Although the power of air conditioning or heating will depend on many factors – for example, the number of electrical appliances in operation within the business, the number of people present, the dimensions of the establishment, the availability of a cold insulation mechanism, etc.—, take these indoor room temperature values as a reference: 19 ℃ in winter and 24 ℃ in summer.
As for heating systems, make sure that the tanks, pipes and boilers are perfectly insulated. As for the air conditioner, ensure that the condenser is in the coolest possible place and that it does not receive direct sunlight. It is also recommended to clean it and check it every three months.
Outside, the installation of awnings that mitigate the impact of the sun is almost as important as LED signboards.
Install light flow regulators
No es extraño ver a personas en el interior de las tiendas buscando en el bolso una chaqueta o un chal con el que cubrirse los hombros… durante los meses de verano. Lo mismo ocurre con los clientes que, en plena campaña navideña, acaban haciendo sus compras en manga corta. Aunque la potencia del aire acondicionado o de la calefacción dependerá de muchos factores —por ejemplo, el número de aparatos eléctricos en funcionamiento dentro del negocio, la cantidad de personas presentes, las dimensiones del establecimiento, la disponibilidad de un mecanismo de aislamiento del frío, etc.—, toma como referente estos valores de temperatura ambiente en interiores: 19 ℃ en invierno y 24 ℃ en verano.
En cuanto a la calefacción o sistemas de calor, asegúrate de que los depósitos, las tuberías y las calderas estén perfectamente aislados. En cuanto al aire acondicionado, procura que el condensador esté en el sitio más fresco posible y que no reciba directamente la luz solar. También se recomienda limpiarlo y revisarlo cada tres meses.
En el exterior, la instalación de toldos que mitiguen el impacto del sol es casi tan importante como los rótulos luminosos de LED.
Disconnect electrical appliances that you don’t need
Although you may not have heard of them, we assure you that they can be very useful. These are centralized equipment that are installed at the head of the street and street lighting supplies, next to the electrical panels, and that perform two primary functions: on the one hand, stabilize the voltage of the lamps and, on the other, regulate the light that they emit, depending on the traffic or the presence of people. If you install them on the facade of the building, the savings can be substantial.
Choose M2M technology
While you may not be familiar with M2M (machine-to-machine) technologies, you may want to take an interest in them, since they can allow you to reduce energy costs by up to 20%, since they help detect wasted resources. Thanks to home automation, you can automatically regulate lighting, turn devices that you are not using on or off or install timers and presence detectors. The result? Important light savings.
Disconnect electrical appliances that you don’t need
Although the energy expenditure generated by that only a very small part of your company’s energy consumption, remember that everything adds up. Hence the importance of disconnecting gadgets when you are not using them. For example, a television on standby spends 5% more electricity than another that is completely turned off. This also includes chargers for laptops and mobile phones, once charging is complete. We even encourage you to test with printers, faxes or photocopiers. Our recommendation is that you leave them off during the night and on weekends, as this way you will get up to 10% savings in energy consumption.
And since we have spoken about televisions, remember that indoor LED screens can help you save money in relation to conventional monitors, in addition to giving you a clearly superior brightness and image quality. So you can save light and cut costs.
Set up computers on “energy saving“ mode
Although the data may vary significantly depending on the type of company, the truth is that it is estimated that the use of computers can account for up to 60% of the electricity consumed in a company. Therefore, one of the tricks to save on electricity in your business is to set up all terminals on “energy saving” mode. We also recommend turning off your computer if you are not going to use it in more than an hour. For small breaks, you can also do the same with the screen.
Pay attention to maintenance
It is essential to ensure that electrical installations are always in perfect condition. Otherwise, they will most likely increase energy consumption. To avoid this, create a maintenance plan that establishes when the lights need to be changed, which models and how they should be changed. You must also set the cleaning frequency. At least, take care of this aspect a couple of times a year. When choosing a lamp, consider its performance, energy efficiency, consumption and lifespan.
Choose energy saving lights and LED
Nowadays, the most efficient and most economical bulbs — that is, the ones with low power consumption — are LEDs (light-emitting diodes), which offer greater performance than conventional or even incandescent light bulbs or halogen lights. Hence, LED displays also represent an opportunity to save energy.
Involve the entire company to save on electricity
These good savings practices should not only be assumed by the management of the company, but also by the rest of the human capital that forms or works in the office. Therefore, it is important to raise awareness among all the professionals so that they turn off the lights when they do not need them.
Do you know other tips or tricks to save on electricity in your business? If so, do not hesitate to send us this information in your comments.