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11/09/2015 5 Ways to Save Money on Your Business Lighting Bill

Do you know how big your company's lighting bill is?

For many malls, factories, business centres and retailers, it can form 50% of their energy bill or even more – sometimes reaching tens of thousands of pounds a month.

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Just imagine what your department could do with even a fraction of that budget, if the money wasn't (almost literally) being burned up....

But it doesn't have to be that way. If you are responsible for your company's lighting, there are many ways to save significant amounts on your lighting bill – and it's probably easier than you think.

Here are 7 proven techniques:

1. Know how your business uses lighting. Before you do anything else, make sure you know not just how much you're spending on lighting – but when and where.

You may be surprised to discover that a big chunk of your lighting bill stems from the car park or corridor lights being left on when no one's in the office, perhaps overnight or on a weekend. Or maybe no one's ever noticed that the bulbs you use in a certain part of the building are far more expensive than elsewhere.

These are easy fixes to make!

2. Negotiate a better rate. Yes, you can do this!

On average, companies in the UK pay £0.13 per KiloWatt Hour, but it's entirely possible to get a better deal from your energy provider – if only you ask for it. We've heard of companies going as low as £0.08 per KWH – an enormous saving.

Give your provider a call. Try asking for different rates off-peak (for example, at night), or simply ask for a better deal...

3. Check your meter reading is correct. Your electrician should be regularly updating this. Even a small deviation can cause big expenses.

4. Switch to sensors. Dramatically lower the chances of lights being left on when there is no one in the room by installing motion-detection sensors wherever possible. Lighting in corridors, conference rooms and offices can be arranged so that they only come on when people are actually present.

5. Upgrade your lighting. There's a good reason so many companies are talking about LED bulbs at the moment: LED uses only 20-25% of the energy used by traditional bulbs, so they are not nearly as expensive to run. [LINK http://www.powersavesolutions.co.uk/led-facts/led-facts ]

By switching to LED, you can cut your bills by a whopping 70%. For many large buildings, this can amount to tens of thousands each year, if not more!

The bulbs themselves are not cheaper, but they last 10 times as long as traditional bulbs, so it more than evens out.

As an added bonus, they are also much more difficult to break, so you'll have to find new things for your maintenance team to do once their time is no longer taken up by constantly changing bulbs.

6. Get your staff on board. Sometimes, people need a little reminder to switch off lights when they're not in the room – even if they know it in theory. Try putting friendly notices next to the light-switches or doors ("Going out? Switch me off!"), or an awareness campaign.

It will be worth your while: Turning off lights in empty rooms can cut electricity bills by as much as 15%.

7. Use natural light where possible. Do you really need all those lights on – or is daylight adequate? Make sure that windows are not being blocked (including by unnecessary use of blinds), and install skylights where you can.

Has your business made significant savings on its lighting bill? Share your best tips in the comments!

Christina Leonidou is a director at Powersave Solutions, which helps companies across the UK reduce their lighting bills by up to 70% by installing LED lights. To find out how much electricity you are currently using, and precisely how much money you could be saving by switching over to LED, request a FREE evaluation of your company's needs: http://bit.ly/PowersaveFreeAudit