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Lighting Maintenance Blog Series: Principles of Lighting Maintenance

This is the first in a series of posts about lighting maintenance.

A Worldwide Energy crew member inspects a lighting fixture for proper maintenance, which improves lighting levels.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, lighting accounts for an estimated 20 percent of the total energy used in commercial buildings.

More often than not, many buildings do not have a detailed lighting maintenance policy other than replacing burned-out bulbs. Poor lighting maintenance can lead to visual degradation, reduce worker productivity, and contribute to higher energy costs.

Having an effective lighting maintenance policy includes having written procedures, training, management oversight, and inventory control.

Principles of Lighting Maintenance

A cost-effective way to reduce the overall cost of lighting is proper maintenance, which is often overlooked. Lighting levels tend to decrease over time because of aging light fixtures and gathering dust and film on lamps. This can reduce the total illumination by up to 50 percent.

Avoid adding extra wattage, fixtures, and energy costs by performing these basic maintenance strategies:

  • Clean the dust off fixtures, lamps, and lenses every 6 to 24 months. Tip: Never clean an incandescent bulb while it is turned on. If the cloth is damp, the cooling effect of the liquid may shatter the hot bulb.
  • Replace lenses if they appear yellow.
  • Clean or repaint small rooms every year and larger rooms every two to three years because the dirt collected on these surfaces could reduce the amount of light they reflect.
  • Consider group light replacement. Common lamps lose up to 30 percent of light output over their service life. Replacing all the lamps in a lighting system at the same time saves labor, keeps illumination high, and avoids stressing ballasts with dying lamps.

Second part of this blog series: Lighting Maintenance Policy

Source: Ameren Missouri

Understanding KCP&L’s Expiring Rebate Program

February 22, 2012 The Kansas City Star released information regarding KCP&L’s decision to cut the energy-efficiency rebate program. Over 270,000 customers in the Kansas City area will lose the benefit of the company’s energy conservation program.

What does this mean for you as a business in the KCP&L covered area?
It means that in approximately 8 weeks you will no longer have access to the KCP&L rebate program started to benefit local businesses making energy-efficient improvements (Note: The rebate program is still in effect – an end date has not been established). It also means that if approved, businesses as well as residential consumers will see rate increases become effective in the coming months.

What can you do to capitalize on the existing rebate program?
As mentioned, the rebate program is still in existence, but won’t be much longer. If your business wants to take advantage of the rebate program you will need to work quickly over the coming weeks. Worldwide Energy is certified in the KCP&L Energy Efficiency Rebate Program as well as accredited through the Better Business Bureau as a reputable source for improving your energy savings.

Why move in an energy efficient direction?
Surely we don’t have to convince you of the impact energy efficiency can have on your success. Over the last several years Worldwide Energy has been able to save clients thousands of dollars on energy costs. You can save money on energy costs and instead out it toward profit-generating endeavors!
(Another note on energy efficiency – over the course of the next few years (2012-2014 to be exact), older, high-emitting lighting technology will no longer be available. This means that if your organization is currently using T12 lamps and magnetic ballasts, replacements will no longer be available and you will be forced to upgrade to energy efficient lighting. In these scenarios, it is not a matter of if you will upgrade to energy-efficient lighting, it is a matter of when.)

Where do I go from here?
There are two options on the table:

First Option: You let us help you! Our goal at Worldwide Energy is to offer products and services that will save your organization money over the course of a few months to a few years. We have certified staff and use only the best installation crews to offer you a turnkey solution to providing you savings through energy efficient lighting, HVAC, building envelope systems, solar energy and natural gas improvements. In addition to being KCP&L’s leading procurer of rebates, we also offer our expertise in the area of filing for EPAct tax incentives and bonus depreciation benefits. We aren’t pushy salespeople, rather we are tour guides to your future energy savings.

Second Option: You wait a few months and experience the full magnitude of rate increases and scarcity and imminent extinction of old T12 lighting technology.
Regardless of which option you choose, we are here to help you through your energy transition.

Call our office today -913-310-0705- to arrange a complimentary facilities audit with an energy saving expert and get on your way to collecting the KCP&L rebate before it is too late.

www.WorldwideEnergy.com

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