How an Energy Management Company is Different from a Lighting Company
When you think of commercial lighting, your mind may not automatically go to “savings”. But, that is exactly where energy management can start. With new advances in LED lighting technology, conserving energy can add up to real savings on your bottom line.
Finding advice on how to conserve energy, and thus save money, through lighting is making buildings more environmentally sustainable as well as more economically viable.
NextGen provides creative energy management solutions to the commercial and municipal marketplace. As partners, we bring experience in real estate development, property management, sustainability, and green tech finance. The answer to comprehensive energy management requires a turn-key system packed with custom solutions and services for your portfolio.
A Lasting Partnership
By finding an energy management company, you are choosing a partner in your financial future. Regardless of your industry, there is an LED lighting solution that will be able to provide measurable return on investment compared to your current commercial lighting. The right partner can help source high quality equipment while taking advantages of rebates and other savings available. If done correctly, reducing your building’s energy consumption will reduce your long-term energy and maintenance costs, so it is important to find a partner who understands your business needs.
More than Installation
While a lighting company is able to help you choose and install new fixtures, the goal of energy management is to partner with clients to help them get the best results and long-term savings through lighting. This is about more than choosing new fixtures, and an energy management partner will likely want to begin by conducting an analysis of your property’s current usage. Together you will discuss what your building needs internally and externally, and how that can be achieved through cost and energy-saving LED lights. The right management company will be able to walk you through the different options for your properties, what the upfront costs and logistics of transitioning your building’s commercial lighting to a lower-energy LED lighting system will be, and what that means for your future savings.
Take the next step in controlling your business’ financial future by learning how NextGen goes above and beyond just installing new lights. Give our team a call at 301-804-2986 and let’s start with a complimentary energy audit.
Why Installing LED Lighting in Commercial Buildings Makes Business Sense
According to Energy Star, about 30-40 percent of the power needed to operate the typical commercial building is wasted.
Aging HVAC equipment, leaks in building exteriors, and inattention to best practices for energy management are a few prime examples of inefficiency.
However, one of the easiest ways to lower operational costs quickly is to install CFL or LED bulbs and smart lighting systems throughout the building. Here’s how commercial owners and operators can use efficient lighting systems to realize energy savings month after month.
Overhead Incandescent and Fluorescent Bulbs
Traditional incandescent bulbs and older fluorescent fixtures not only use more energy than newer technologies, they also need to be replaced frequently. About 90 percent of the power used to light an incandescent bulb is released as heat, instead of light. By contrast, modern CFLs emit about 80 percent of energy used as heat, and LEDs very little heat at all. One of the results of this is that a CFL or LED bulb uses around 75 percent less energy in order to produce the same amount of light. Additionally, a CFL bulb should last about 10 times longer, and LEDs as much as 25 times longer.
Other Areas to Consider
However, while overhead lighting is the most obvious source of energy use, there are other places where CFLs and LEDs can make improvements as well. According to Energy Star, using LED exit signs can lower annual electricity costs by $10 per sign. Plus, the long life of an LED means fewer maintenance issues and potential safety hazards. Desk and floor lamps should also have bulbs switched out for more efficient models.
If you are looking for ways to improve your building’s energy efficiency and realize dramatic savings on your lighting bill, NextGen can help. Let us help you modernize your commercial property: contact us today at 301-804-2986 about receiving a comprehensive energy audit.
Why LED Light Sensors May Be Right for Your Property
Property managers know how important it is to keep exterior lights working at their peak. Whether you rely on them for convenience, security, or both, exterior light performance can be made better with sensors. Sensors allow you to automate your lighting system and avoid the constant tweaking required with manual or timer systems. Instead, let the sensors do the work for you.
Most properties experience very little activity at night, making constant lighting unnecessary. If you don’t want complete darkness, opt for a majority of sensor lights and a few constant lights.
Your LEDs are already saving you when it comes to energy expenses. Installing sensors can take these savings even further!
Save Energy and Increase ROI
Your building saves energy with light sensors. With sensors, your lights go off when unneeded, and you avoid the cash drain that comes along with exterior lights being left on all night, or even during the daytime. Running your exterior lights all night long is an energy expense that often goes unseen.
Sensors may even increase security measures by startling unwanted trespassers.
Installation Tips for Maximum Performance
Many light sensors adjust naturally depending on the power of the sun. This means that there is no need to repeatedly program a light timer every new season. Instead, you simply let the sensors do their job. You can even mount your sensors away from the wall light unit to take more advantage of the natural lighting conditions.
During installation, aim to point your sensors north to help your lights capture the sunlight at its natural arc. This positioning can help create ideal conditions to keep the lights on only when needed.
Light sensors are a great solution for automated and simple exterior wall lighting control. Find out more about how LED lighting solutions and ROI by contacting NextGen LED at 301-804-2986. Our expert team offers turnkey energy management solutions for properties and facilities in a variety of industries. Let’s get started with a complimentary energy audit at your location.