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Parking Lot Inadequate Lighting May Be Costing You Business

The days are getting shorter and this weekend we change the clocks back one hour. That means more comes out of your operations budget for parking lot lighting; as well as opportunity for injuries, vandalism or theft on your parking lot after sundown.

If you own or operate a business in Maryland, Washington, DC, or Northern Virginia, it’s important you install parking lot lighting to protect your building, your valuable assets, your employees, and your customers.

Shopping malls, schools, and businesses are frequently open during evening hours and sometimes late into the night.

In our area, the sun can go down as early as 5:30 pm during the shortest days of the year and poorly lit and unattended parking lots can be an opportunity to exercise the use of your insurance.

If your lighting is inadequate you could be vulnerable to regulatory and legal issues, not to mention a drop in foot traffic and business.

 

Safe Lighting Guidelines to Consider

 

There are a few guidelines you should consider when it comes to parking lot lighting.

 

  • You should be able to see and identify someone at 100 feet.
  • Lighting should be clear and bright enough that you can see curbs, stairs or other hazards.
  • There should be enough light that you can safely between cars when walking through parking lots.
  • When driving in parking lots, drivers should be able to see pot holes and other roadway obtrusions, including other vehicles.

 

In addition to personal safety issues for your customers and employees, parking lot lighting serves as a deterrent against criminal activities against your business and your customers.

According to SecurityMagazine.com, “…parking lots now are the leading location where crimes committed on a property lead to a lawsuit.”

 

In a recent case, a woman was assaulted in the parking lot of a local business.

 

“The area had a low crime rate and no assault had occurred in the business’ property in over 12 years. However, a court ruled that the woman should be compensated because the assault was predictable.

The area had poor lighting, there are always people wandering in the parking lot, there were no security guards to patrol the place, and the company could have taken more safety measures to prevent assaults.”

 

The Solution is Better Lighting

 

Better lighting is the solution to helping lower your legal exposure while also providing more safety to your employees and customers.

It’s also a great way to tell your customers that they are welcome at your place of business when it’s dark outside.

LED lighting for your parking lot isn’t just great for business; it’s also a great savings on your operations budget.

Some studies suggest that for every 1,000 kWh that you don’t use, you save $100 on your utility bill, assuming average electricity costs of 10cents per kWh.

You could save some significant money and you may qualify for financial assistance or rebates.

Please check out the Resources page to use energy calculators or read up on some whitepapers.

If you are considering and LED upgrade and want significant changes now, visit our Contact page and request a free consultation. We’ll help you sort out the details and your needs, as well as help you determine any incentives or rebates available to your business.

Your Commercial Building Energy Usage May Be Costing Big Money Unnecessarily!

Many companies are being forced to evaluate their operational expenses related to energy consumption because energy prices are forecast to rise over the coming years.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), an agency of the U.S. Federal Government, the U.S. residential average cent per kilowatt hour was $.1252 in 2014 and by 2017 that number will rise to $.1302.

While that may seem staggering, the reality is that the building sector is the single largest user of energy in the United States, accounting for roughly 40 percent of total energy consumption.

Over $400 Billion per year is spent on energy just for buildings.

What would it mean to your company if you could save 10% of your operation budget on energy usage?

What if you could save 20%, 30% or more?

Is that even possible?

When you consider that the average building was constructed before modern energy codes were in place, of course it is possible!

If a building owner or energy consumer can save significant money, why aren’t they making efficiency upgrades to their buildings?

Many building owners may be deterred from upgrading them due to lack of information, misaligned financial incentives, insufficient capital or simply because they do not have a strategic plan. If we can remove these barriers, we will save money for consumers and businesses; fuel economic growth; and reduce carbon pollution, safeguarding our health and the environment.

 

There are Incentive Programs and Savings Available to Commercial Building Owners in Rockville, MD

 

Building owners and CFO’s are running businesses and unfortunately don’t have the time to spend researching, evaluating and learning all of the options available to reduce operating expenses by upgrading to energy efficient building technologies.

In July 2015, the Rockville, MD City Council adopted a new ordinance opting in to Chapter 18A, Article 6, the Benchmarking Law.

What is Benchmarking?

According to the City of Rockville’s website, benchmarking is explained like this:

“Building energy benchmarking and transparency policies rate the energy performance of buildings and provide information to consumers so that they can compare different buildings in the market – similar to how consumers can compare miles-per-gallon ratings for vehicle fuel efficiency.”

 

By understanding energy usage and where it is wasted, businesses who “benchmark” can access where they are losing money and how to save it. If you can’t measure it you can’t reduce it.

 

Lighting is the Largest Energy Expense

 

According to research by National Grid, across all climate zones in the U.S., lighting accounted for 27% – 34% of the total energy usage in office buildings. That doesn’t take into account hospitals, retail stores and parking lots, car dealerships or distribution centers and warehouses.

Here is a link to a few case studies of businesses that saved significant money through benchmarking and LED lighting retrofits.

 

  • One Franklin Square in downtown Washington, real estate company Hines saved over 6 million kilowatt-hours per year and was able to reduce utility charges by 13 percent in the first three years with no capital changes.
  • Ten Penn Center in downtown Philadelphia saved more than $300,000 on electricity costs in 2011.

 

This could be you!

You could save some significant money and you may not even have to make any capital contributions.

Please check out our Resources page to use energy calculators or read up on some whitepapers.

If you are considering and LED upgrade and want significant changes now, visit our Contact page and request a free consultation. We’ll help determine your needs, sort through the details, calculate all incentives available and unlock the energy savings for your business.

Are Utility Bills a Strain on Your Business’s Mission and Goals?

Utility bills are becoming a bigger and bigger part of many companies budget as demand goes up and costs follow.

From California to New Jersey, regulators are approving electric rate increases as the cost for generating electricity rises.

That means higher bills for your business just to keep the lights on.

In a report put out by National Grid, the #1 expense in any electric bill is lighting. Depending on where you are located in the country, your share of the lighting bill can be anywhere from 34% to 43% of your total power bill.

Just today, a Google search with the topic “electric bill increases” (with “Past Month” set as the search criteria) yielded results of electricity price increase requests and approvals from California to New England.

While the bills are going up, your energy consumption doesn’t have to follow. A strategic approach to reducing your consumption will generate substantial savings.

If you’re spending money unnecessarily, would like to divert monies from operations back to accomplishing your mission and goals as a business, read on…

 

LED Lighting upgrades WILL Increase Your Profits

 

Many businesses see lighting as a fixed operating expense. However, substantial savings in lighting can increase your company’s profits significantly.

Take for example one company in Texas.

An indoor gymnasium for the Texas Tornados Volleyball Club was spending a substantial amount of money each month due to the costs associated with lighting and cooling their facility.

Texas can be a hot place. According to the several press releases and the website of the company who did the LED retrofit of the facility, poor lighting was contributing to an increase of heat inside the facility causing the HVAC systems to work harder to keep it cool.

The results of the LED retrofit yielded approximately $12,000 of savings annually for the Volleyball Club.

It’s amazing how small changes provide outstanding results, add create significant savings!

Some studies suggest that every 1,000 kWh that you don’t use, you save $100 on your utility bill, assuming average electricity costs of .10 / per kWh.

 

Get in on the Savings Now!

 

If your business has been looking for ways to reduce its operational budget expenses, there has never been a better time to invest in LED lighting.

Not only can it reduce your electric bill, it can also reduce your inventory expense.

Why?

As this report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows, the energy consumed by LED lighting is going down, its lifespan is going up, and the cost for an upgrade is dropping.

That’s great news for your business!

In addition, there are many rebates and incentives to available for your business to offset the costs associated with your LED upgrade. The utilities and both the local and State Government support the transition from your old, inefficient lighting to your new budget savings LED lighting.

By saving money today, you have more money to accomplish your business’s mission and goals.

If you are ready to put money back into your budget and increase your profits, we want to chat with you for free on how we can help reduce your utility bill, discover rebates and incentives, and help your company get leaner and more profitable.

Contact us today by phone at (240) 314-0750 or click here to request a free consultation.