How efficient lighting helps your grocery store save money
Besides commercial refrigeration and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), lighting consumes the most energy in a grocery store. By reducing the amount of energy the lighting in your grocery store consumes, you can cut your utility bills down by a significant amount.
One way you can reduce the amount of energy your lighting consumes is by switching to energy-efficient LED or fluorescent bulbs. Below are a few reasons why using these bulbs can save your grocery store a lot of money:
Energy efficient bulbs consume less energy
Grocery stores that use traditional incandescent light bulbs are consuming a lot more energy than necessary for daily operations. Incandescent light bulbs consume a lot of energy, which adds up in utility bills over time.
Energy efficient bulbs like LEDs or fluorescents require a small amount of energy to operate in comparison with incandescent bulbs. Using energy efficient bulbs saves you a lot in the long run.
Energy efficient bulbs have a long lifespan
One of the reasons many business owners are drawn to incandescent bulbs is because they are cheap. However, they only last for 1,000 to 2,000 hours and they consume a lot of energy. LED bulbs and fluorescent bulbs last for nearly 20,000 hours and consume a lot less energy. They may be more expensive upfront, but their long-term benefits offset the cost by a significant amount.
Energy efficient bulbs produce little heat
Incandescent light bulbs produce heat that forces commercial refrigeration units in grocery stores to work harder. Energy-efficient LEDs operate at cooler temperatures, which makes them more optimal for use in and around refrigeration units.
Using cooler bulbs is also better for the safety of employees and customers who may come in contact with the bulbs. If they come in contact with incandescent bulbs, they could burn themselves.
LED bulbs are versatile
LED bulbs can operate in extreme temperatures. This makes them useful on the outside of buildings in hot or cold areas. It also makes them useful in commercial refrigeration compartments and other areas where the temperature is consistently low or high.
LED bulbs are also compatible with dimmable light fixtures. This is something that other energy-efficient bulbs like fluorescents are unable to do.
Contact Energy Optimization for lighting optimization
Our team at Energy Optimization can visit your facility to analyze the performance of your lighting and other energy-consuming systems. We can develop solutions when we identify areas that are consuming too much energy. Contact us today to talk to one of our team members optimizing your lighting and other energy consuming systems.