Free Energy Savings Audit Services
After personnel and real estate, utility costs are typically an organization's third highest expense. Therefore, reducing energy consumption can be a highly effective means for cutting costs. Connexion Energy Solutions has been helping Chicago area businesses save up to 60 Percent on their utility bills while delivering light quality improvements through intelligent lighting designs. Typical lighting upgrade paybacks can range from 1 to 3 years. Lighting upgrades represent the most popular of energy savings measures available due to their typical short payback period.
But a complete energy audit can unveil additional opportunities for savings; for most all types of energized equipment, much of the electricity used will ultimately end up as another heat source. Reducing the energy use of electric equipment not only reduces electric loads but also reduces cooling loads and, as with lighting, provides an opportunity to replace that heat more efficiently as needed. For a comprehensive look at the variety of available commercial building energy reduction measures, access the Advanced Energy Retrofit Guides series from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Remember, when looking for project funding, you can use your yearly savings to pay for your facility's energy upgrade investment, as well as benefit from EPAct 2005* tax deductions and local utility incentives.
Not sure which area of your facility to address first? On average, commercial office buildings in the U.S. use about of 17 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity and roughly 32 cubic feet of natural gas per square foot annually. Typically, office lighting, heating, and cooling represent about 65 percent of total energy use. We suggest beginning with these faster payback measures then examining other areas of your facility's load and building envelop.
The benefits of energy efficient lighting upgrades include:
- Decreased energy bills
- Increased worker productivity
- Reduction in heat loads
- Reduction in glare and eye strain
- Reduction in yearly maintenance
- Simplified maintenance inventory
- Increased lumens
- Reduction in lamp disposal costs
- Longer luminosity life
- Take advantage of natural daylighting
- Federal, State, and/or Local Incentives