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: