With the continuous increase in demand for energy around the globe, energy management is a practice that will be of great benefit for us, especially for the future. Energy conservation is not just about limiting the use of resources so it can last as long as they can, it is the process of reducing demand on a limited supply and enabling that supply to begin to rebuild itself.
Turning off the lights when you leave the room, unplugging appliances that aren’t in use, and getting rid of old appliances are just some of the energy-saving habits that one should practice. In addition to this, there are useful tools in the market that are easily available.
LED bulbs are known to be the most energy-saving and quality lighting available in the market. Upgrading to LED lighting at your facility can reduce energy consumption by 75% compared to incandescent or flourescent lighting. LED technology produces a brighter light while consuming less power since it can convert approximately 95% energy into light and only 5% into heat.
In addition, utilizing LED lighting means better quality of light distribution. This means that less lighting is needed to achieve the best lighting in your facility. Fewer lights mean less energy consumption and more energy conservation.
Energy Star Certified Appliances
Appliances with the Energy Star label means that the product is guaranteed to consume less energy during use and when on standby as compared to non-energy efficient products. On average, home appliances account for a large percentage of a utility bill. Most Energy Star certified appliances come at a premium price but are investments that will reduce your utility bill in the long term, which is especially important since electricity rates are increasing every year.
Energy Monitoring Systems
An energy monitoring system, such as Envision, can greatly help improve energy management since it shows a facility’s daily energy consumption. Envision can provide not just a facility’s real-time energy data, but also its historical data. Studying this information allows a facility to maintain its balance between electricity supply and demand. And with this information, one can then make more informed decisions on the facility’s energy usage.
One common cause of energy waste is from electronics that are kept plugged in but not turned on. It can consume as much as 8% of a facility’s power for nothing. Charging stations that automatically turn off are a useful tool that can help conserve energy; some charging stations automatically turn off when gadgets are fully charged, while others shut off after a specific length of time.
Upgrade Old Appliances to New Ones
Household appliances approximately consume about 30% to 40% of the utility bill. Using old televisions, refrigerators, air-conditioning units, and other appliances can increase that percentage more and more as times goes on, as newer appliances have energy-saving features which old models don’t have. Upgrading appliances may be an expensive up-front cost but because of the many improvements companies have done to upgrade appliances in the market which will you save you money and energy in the long run.