Proper lighting in a working environment

Simple ways to save on lighting for your small business

Check out these tips on how to get started with easy upgrades that can help reduce your electricity bill.

For most small to mid-size retail stores, warehouses and office buildings, lighting is the top energy user. In supermarkets alone, lighting can represent about 18 per cent of total electricity consumption, not including its impact on cooling loads. 


Even though lighting can be a large portion of overall electricity costs, it's within a business's control. An easy first step is to switch to LED lighting. LEDs last longer than incandescent lights, resulting in lower maintenance costs. They come in a wide range of shapes, sizes and outputs, for all kinds of applications.

But there is much more that you can do to help make your business's lighting more efficient: 

A office environment
  1. Train employees to turn off lights that aren’t being used. 
  2. Install occupancy sensors to automatically turn lights off when areas are not in use. 
  3. Make the most of natural lighting from windows and skylights. 
  4. Remove unnecessary lighting from areas that already receive a lot of natural light, such as near windows. 
  5. Try task lighting rather than overhead lights to focus light only where needed. 
  6. Clean dust from lights every six to 12 months. 
  7. Install a timer switch to turn your illuminated signs off when they're not in use. 
  8. Remove or disconnect unnecessary light fixtures. 

Ready to get started?

The Small Business Lighting program can help you upgrade to LEDs for less.

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