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									          5 easy tips for reducing business
          lighting costs
          In the continuing economic climate, every penny counts. Energy
          costs are frequently cited as a significant drain on businesses’
          resources - collectively, Britain’s small and medium enterprises
          inadvertently waste vast amounts of energy, adding up to millions
          of pounds each year. Luckily, help is at hand for energy-conscious
          business owners. Just by taking a few simple energy efficiency
          measures, most companies could reduce their annual lighting bills
          by about 10% a year.

          1          Turn it off
          Switching off lights that are not in use is perhaps one of the
          simplest ways to drastically reduce your outgoings on energy. This
          can be as simple as requesting that your staff turn off the lights
          in meeting rooms when they finish using them, switching off
          fluorescent lights at break times and ensuring that all non-essential
          lighting fixtures are turned off at nights, and especially if your
          business closes for the weekend.                                                                                            4          Fluorescents and Incandescents
                                                                                                                                      Fluorescent tubes and incandescent bulbs can be a major source
          2         Check Your Bulb Wattage and Size                                                                                  of energy wastage. While incandescent bulbs are gradually being
          Many businesses pay more than they need to for lighting by                                                                  phased out in workplaces around the country and replaced by
          inadvertently illuminating their premises to a level brighter than                                                          compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and halogen and LED light bulbs,
          they actually need to be. Checking whether a lower-wattage bulb                                                             many maintenance cupboards still hold stocks of older bulbs. Be
          in your existing fittings would be more appropriate for your lighting                                                       sure to make sure you replace faulty bulbs with one of these newer
          needs or replacing older fixtures with smaller lights can really help                                                       variants. Flourescents are at their most wasteful and costly when
          to reduce energy costs.                                                                                                     they start flickering so be sure to replace these in short order.

          3          Take Advantage of Technology                                                                                     5          Think Long Term
          Even with the best of intentions in place, sometimes lights are                                                             When replacing bulbs, tubes and fixtures, make sure to consider the
          absent-mindedly left switched at nights or when rooms are vacant.                                                           cost of lighting over several years and not just the cost of the bulbs
          Technology like motion sensors can help to ensure that lights are                                                           themselves. Don’t simply opt for the cheapest replacement you can
          only active when needed and can be fitted to external lighting                                                              find! More expensive bulbs often have significantly longer lifespans;
          circuits, as well as staff facilities like kitchens and bathrooms. Timer                                                    they’ll soon pay for themselves and after just a couple of years will
          switches and occupancy sensors can help to achieve the same                                                                 begin to save you money.
          effect.
                                                                                                                                      For more easy energy efficient tips for businesses, visit the npower
                                                                                                                                      blog or sign up for Smart Start (our energy saving scheme for
                                                                                                                                      SMEs).




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