Commercial electricity is priced higher than the electricity that is used for the domestic purposes. In some cities the difference can be very stark that the prices are more than 3 times higher than the ordinary price. If you are in such a place and if your business is in the energy intensive industry, then you have to shell out a lot of money just for the utility bills. This can put a huge dent on the profitability of the business.
Many businesses will no longer be viable, unless they adopt the new technologies and change with the time. Adoption of energy efficient systems is one such important criteria to be relevant with time.
The solution for getting the maximum out of the commercial electricity is different for different sectors of the industry and you can adopt new technologies depending on your business.
For Hospitality industry
Hospitality industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy and the energy needs of this sector is also increasing exponentially. For example, in the yesteryears, a hotel room meant a nice room for lodging with adequate lighting and air conditioning. These days, as the standard of living of people increase, a hotel room translates to a well-lit reception or lounge area, a convenient lift for taking people up and down in the building, ambience lighting and main lighting in a room, refrigerator for the guests, water heaters, kettles, air purifiers, television sets and other appliances. All these have cause an exponential rise in the power needs of the industry. So, an easy way for the hospitality industry is to use energy efficient appliances at all places.
- Buying a LED TVs and LED bulbs for the whole hotel can be costly but the extra cost can be earned by the savings earned in a couple of months.
- Buying LED candle lights for chandeliers, decorations can also reduce the cost of power.
- Replacing old signs with LED bulbs can also save a lot of money in the long run.
- Installing solar heaters can reduce the commercial electricity costs by a huge margin.
- Using a centralised AC can also reduce the cost of cooling the air.
An office is a unique setup that is different from other places. If the office has many employees in it then each might need a separate light for themselves and it is not easy to reduce the number of lights or reduce the usage hours of the lights. In such a place, upgrading the old bulbs to the latest Ecova LED bulbs, LED panels and LED lights is an easier option.
Automation of the lights can also save a lot of energy as these lights can sense the ambience light and either switch off or switch on accordingly. Moreover, using LED panels can actually reduce the number of lights that needs to be switched on for a given area. LED bulbs are two to three times more efficient than the conventional lights. So it can cut your electricity bills by 40-60%.
For manufacturing industries
The case of the manufacturing industries is different from other sectors but even in that place, there is a scope for reduction in the consumption of commercial electricity. One can always reduce the need for lighting by utilising the ambient light. However, if it is not possible in all the places. So, using cost effective and energy efficient solutions is the best option.
Using LED strips for lighting the corridors, replacing LED spotlights, LED grille lights can reduce the electricity consumption while not compromising on the amount of light. Additionally, usage of solar power and other renewable sources of energy on site can help in energy conservation.
For schools and public places
Schools have a huge need for power and it ranges from lighting classrooms to running water heaters in hostels to cooking needs. A majority of the needs can be met out by installing solar power units in the school. Firstly, a photovoltaic plant that can store the energy in the battery packs can be used to meet out the electricity needs directly. Secondly, a photo thermal plant to meet out the heating needs of the school.
The photo-thermal plant will help to convert the light energy from the sun into heat energy that can be used to heat water for various purposes. It can be used as water heaters for bathing and other washing purposes. Other than that, kitchens have a huge need for hot water and the water from these solar heaters can be used to minimize the usage of electricity to heat the water.
The photovoltaic solar plant will help you to run the lights and fans in the school but since the power is stored in the battery, it is better to avoid wasteful uses of the electricity. LED lights use less than half the power needed for conventional lights and hence, they give a longer usage hours. Usage of LED tubes and LED strips can help you to minimise the electricity costs, even if you do not have a solar power plant and are entirely dependent on the grid power. As a matter of fact, they are highly beneficial if you are using the commercial electricity connection.
Lighting public places like parks and lawns is best done using the LED lights. Parks need only a minimum lighting and that too only for a limited number of hours in the evening and night. So, installing solar powered LED lights that are self-powered is beneficial. Too much of light spoils the ambience of the park, so it is better to use LED strips and LED panels at key locations.
If you have any other ideas to minimise the usage of commercial electricity, do write to us.
Top 5 guidelines for using commercial lighting solutions
Lighting is important for any kind of a property regardless of the nature i.e. domestic, commercial or industrial. Lights create a pleasant atmosphere and it induces a sense of comfort. Although a perfect lighting is necessary for a household, there can be certain compromises and minor adjustments. People will not move out of their houses, if they do not get the perfect lighting. However, people move away from shopping malls, shops, hotels, restaurants and coffee shops if they do not get proper light. The case of lighting in an office building is far more important. Employees and workers cannot work to their potential, if they do not get proper lighting. As a result the productivity and hence profitability of the company falls.
On the other hand, these commercial establishments and structures cannot afford to overuse electricity as commercial electricity is much costlier than the power supply that we get for domestic uses. There is always a tradeoff and a delicate balance that the companies and establishments have to maintain. So, the managements must choose wisely and get the best result out of the given resources.
- Get a professional designer or a planner Many people and businesses do not understand the need to get a professional designer to design the lighting of the premises. They simply ask the electricians to place the housings and fixtures for the lights. However, optics, just like acoustics is an important field that determines the appeal of a place. Lights can create magic or make the whole place look tragic. While makeshift placing of lights can work for smaller places like houses, the need for a designer is very high in case of a commercial establishment. Any amateur work might lead to wastage of commercial electricity, if there are too many lights that are unnecessary for the place. Similarly, it might reduce the aesthetic appeal of the place, if there are not enough lights in the arena. A professional can help you to design the perfect positions of lights that can maximise the usage of light and optimise the power consumption.