How many times have you realised that you’ve left your bathroom light on after using it? How much energy was wasted before someone noticed it and turned the light off? Imagine that the light switch does not apply to your bathroom light, but to your company’s equipment, used frequently by employees, but not for long periods of time at once. Not everyone remembers to turn the light, appliance or machine off while leaving the area. Lights, and other appliances, left on and unattended create a wasteful pattern of energy usage.
When you’re running a business, you want to reduce costs at every possible level. Electricity is being one of the biggest of spendings. No matter how good our intentions, most of us forget to turn off the lights when we leave a room. Whether you’re running a manufacturing facility that only uses it’s storage a few times a day, but the vast area is lit up by one man handled switch, or the machinery in your plant does not have to be constantly supervised by employees, you have ways to eliminate energy losses by using a widely available technology.
One of the ways you can help your employees is by changing your light switches. Occupancy sensors can be used to create different patterns of lighting, depending on which parts of a large room are in use, and switch on lights ahead of you as you move through a building. Task lights, such as those over counters and work surfaces, can be activated by movement on those surfaces, but remain off when the area isn’t in use. The lights will then switch off automatically after there has been no movement for a while, keeping lights from being left on when not needed, which saves you money and energy.
Businesses use many electronic devices, such as computers, printers, copiers, along with refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee makers. If plugged in, many of these continue to drain power even if they are not in use. Devices left on overnight, or over the weekend can waste lots of energy. There are energy-saving power strips that automatically switch off when equipment is not in use. Another great option is to install timers that you can program to your specific needs.
Imagine a company that specifies in shipping and logistics. Deliveries come in and out at any time of the day. All of them have to be prepared, packed and loaded from the same storage hall, but are placed in different parts of it. If we illuminate the whole warehouse it’s going to waste a huge amount of energy, lighting up areas that are not used at the moment.
Using motion sensors to switch the lights only in the areas of the warehouse that are currently in use can save humongous amounts of energy on the lighting only. Considering that loading docks have to be illuminated during night loadings, both for operational convenience and safety, but at daytime lights are redundant and need to be turned off to avoid wasting electricity, using a timer switch might be a beneficial solution that doesn’t need a direct supervision by an employee.
Same goes for machinery that can be switched on without human supervision when the energy tariff is lower (usually at night for most of energy providers offering variable tariffs). Financial savings will depend on your company’s schedule of operations and energy usage. One thing certain is that investing in a smart strategy of using timer switches and motion sensors will save you money on your electrical bill and your company using less energy will be beneficial to the environment in the long run.
Switch on the motion to improve your business and life.
Author: Adam Lasoń