Mining for Savings
When looking for gemstones or precious ore, you’ll do well
to prospect the land for the resource you seek before you begin mining. Likewise, when looking energy savings, it’s
best to prospect the components of your building for saving potential before
you go making upgrades.
Thankfully, you don’t need a pick axe to locate fertile
ground for energy savings, just the internet.
A couple of websites that will aid you in your search for savings are
the enLIGHTen America and Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE)
Lighting systems are a great place to look for energy
savings. Lighting can account for up to
40% of your electrical energy usage. By upgrading
to a more energy efficient lighting system, you can simultaneously reduce
operating expenses and increase your building asset value. Lighting systems also provide an excellent
return on investment. According to the
Energy Cost Savings Council, energy-efficient lighting projects generate an
average 45% return on investment, paying for themselves in just 2.2 years.
On the enLIGHTen America website, you’ll find valuable
information about savings potential through lighting upgrades and how these
upgrades may qualify you for a tax deduction of up to $0.60 per square foot. The CEE site has resources that highlight
savings through holistic energy management and equipment performance specifications.
Let the enLIGHTen America and CEE websites do the
digging for you. You can just profit
from the savings.
08-30-2010 3:22 PM