For most businesses, lighting accounts for a substantial portion of your energy bill, usually between 25 and 40 percent. When you install energy efficient lighting, you save money and energy for years to come. In fact, research indicates that efficient lighting can contribute to productivity, quality control, security, and safety.
The Bright Energy Solutions® Lighting Retrofit Program offers a wide variety of cash incentives for energy efficient lighting fixtures and lighting technologies, such as lighting controls. Installing high efficiency lighting is one of the most cost-effective steps that you can take because it saves money on energy bills while boosting lighting quality. Cash incentives from Bright Energy Solutions can help you offset the cost of getting started.
All fluorescent fixtures must utilize electronic ballasts that have a power factor greater than 90 percent and a total harmonic distortion not exceeding 20 percent for 4-foot systems and 30 percent for 8-foot systems. There are no other specific requirements for lamps and fixtures used except for specific approved lists for Reduced Wattage System and High Performance System incentives.
A High Performance System uses lamps and ballasts qualified by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE). High Performance T8 lighting is especially well suited for new construction and major renovations – situations where designers can work to maximize their effect. These systems provide more lumens, therefore requiring fewer fixtures and delivering more energy efficiency than reduced wattage systems. The lamps and ballasts used must be on the CEE Approved List of Qualifying Products in order to qualify for special Bright Energy Solutions® High Performance System incentives.
A Reduced Wattage System uses lamps and ballasts qualified by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE). Reduced Wattage T8 lighting is especially well suited for replacing existing T12 lamps and ballasts in retrofit applications. Because these lamps use krypton gas technology, they require less wattage to deliver light. In addition, they can be used easily without altering fixture arrangements. The lamps and ballasts used must be on the CEE Approved List of Qualifying Products in order to qualify for special Bright Energy Solutions® Reduced Wattage System incentives.
Indoor lighting systems must operate during daytime hours a minimum of 1,800 hours per year in order to qualify for Bright Energy Solutions® incentives.
Install insulating window treatments and close them at dusk during winter to keep warm air in at night.
Operate ceiling fans at night to reduce the need for air conditioning and heating. In summer, direct the fan to push air down. In winter, reverse fan direction to pull air up, forcing warm air down.