By Keith L. Epps
At a work location, lighting accounts for 20 to 50 percent of electricity consumption.
Lighting is changing rapidly, with new efficient or improved technologies available every year. Whether you’re constructing a new building or upgrading existing lighting in locations, keep these two factors in mind:
Daylighting: Having well designed lighting, including natural day lighting, enhances visual comfort, reduces eye fatigue and improves performance, which can lead to higher productivity.
Aesthetics: Quality lighting makes spaces pleasant and inviting for employees and customers, opening the door to lower absenteeism and more business. Coupled with energy savings, these benefits can make today’s lighting technologies a profitable investment.
You can see how lighting impacts a work area at the Johnson Center information kiosks, where reflective lighting creates a more friendly atmosphere.
When you take advantage of the most recent and advanced energy-efficient lighting, lighting sources, fixtures and controls, you could save as much as 50 percent on lighting energy. Having a good design and energy-efficient lighting typically will pay for itself in energy savings within a couple of years.
Choosing energy-efficient lighting offers other benefits, including reducing the load lighting puts on air conditioning, ventilation, refrigeration and your overall electrical system. Explore all your options for lighting up your business.
Green Tip of the Month: Clean dust from under your refrigerator (even the small fridge in your residence hall room), base of vent and exposed coils in the back; don’t make your fridge work so hard!!!!