Going green is more than just a feel good slogan these days. It’s becoming a viable and necessary business strategy. Businesses in nearly every industry are finding that switching to more energy efficient building designs and layouts can bring down costs, improve company efficiency, and leave a better impression on customers.
As the price of energy continues to climb, this move will become even more necessary. One of the easiest and most effective ways for your business to make this switch is to upgrade the store lighting. There are a few green lighting practices that can make a big difference for your company.
Upgrade to LED Lighting and Save Power and Time
LED lighting is quickly becoming the future of retail store lighting. These lamps use the fraction of the energy of traditional incandescent and fluorescent lamps. The average LED lamp uses about 70 percent less energy than the average incandescent lamp. Since lighting uses about one third of the energy in a store, the upgrade to LED lamps will have an immediate impact on your monthly electricity bill.
LED lamps also last much longer than other sources of light. A decent LED lamp lasts approximately 30 times longer than an incandescent lamp. This means once you set up your new lighting, you don’t have to worry about replacing burnt out lamps. Your staff will be able to focus on more important jobs, such as assisting customers.
Minimize Usage, Especially in Smaller Store
Another green lighting practice is to reduce unnecessary use of your retail store lighting. One way to do this is to set up your lighting grid with a timer or motion sensor so that when parts of the building aren’t being used, the lights go off. You can also use the sun to reduce your energy bill. Setting up parts of your store with more windows or skylights will bring in a clear, natural light that will create a pleasant atmosphere without adding to your electricity bill.
Plan to Start with Green Lighting Practices if Possible
If you are building a new store, this is your best opportunity to start adopting green lighting practices. Building your store with energy efficient lighting, solar panels, and energy efficient appliances costs much less than trying to replace everything later on. By some estimates, a green design only adds about 1% to total development costs.
If all your stores are already built, don’t worry. Every year, the price of green lighting and other technology is going down while the price of energy is going up. While it would have been better to start green, it’s getting easier and easier to make this upgrade now.
Consider the Upgrade an Investment for the Future
Switching to green lighting will be an extra cost today, but it’s one that will definitely pay off. First, your company will save money on energy and this will help pay back your investment. Going green is also a great marketing strategy. It will make your firm look socially conscious and respectable as generally higher-end stores make this move. Finally, it will make your buildings move valuable. If you ever decide to rent or sell your buildings in the future, you should see a nice return as the new building tenants will value your new green upgrades.
It pays to go green and the sooner your business can take advantage of this trend, the better. Upgrade now to green lighting practices and you’ll be doing yourself and the environment a favor.
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