Commercial Electrician in Clearwater, FL
Did you know that a third of a large commercial buildings operating expense goes to energy consumption? There are many companies out there that simply accept this expense for what it is without realizing that it can be reduced. There are many ways that you can save money all year long and we will walk you through them now. Not only will this list decrease ownership costs, it will also increase the value of your building, along with making it more environmentally friendly. It really is a win-win.
1st Step: Get an Energy Audit
We highly recommend getting this done first, as it will allow us to see what improvements we can make. An energy audit allows us to see how efficiently your building is using energy, and what areas can be improved upon. When you set up an appointment for an energy audit in Clearwater, FL it is helpful to have a record of your utility bills with you. They can go as far back as you like and an official energy auditor will assess them, inspect your commercial property, assess the energy system in place, and do a comparison to see where your property is failing you. Upon completion the energy auditor will recommend the following actions that should take place in order to save you money in the long run. It is important to follow the recommendations of the energy auditor along with what an experienced commercial electrician has to say. Not only will the operating system in your facility run more efficiently, it will be modernized which will result in a simpler process for upgrading and maintaining your buildings energy needs.
2nd Step: Hire an Experienced Commercial Electrician
The second step would be to contact a local Clearwater commercial electrician. A good electrician will look through the energy auditor’s files and recommendations and also do their own inspection of the property, along with the present energy systems in place. At East-West Electric we provide a safe, cost effective, and timely solution for the project that you want to undertake.
How Can I Save Money From My Energy Bill?
You can save money from your energy bill by following the recommendations of an energy auditor and hiring an experienced commercial electrician. Here are some of the methods that we have recently incorporated for local businesses in Clearwater, FL.
Upgrade To LED Lighting System
LED is an acronym for light emitting diode. LED’s are more expensive than their less efficient counterpart, but here are a few reasons why we always suggest upgrading to an LED system:
LED’s Are More Energy Efficient
LED lights are more energy efficient than your (soon to be obsolete) current light bulbs, which can be ILB’s (Incandescent Light Bulbs) or CFL’s (Compact Fluorescent Lights).
LED Power Usage
LED’s require less wattage to power compared to their competition. LED’s also have a longer lifespan, which is at 15,000-30,000 hours in them. Compare this to ILB’s (1,000 hours) and CFL’s (8,000-10,000) and immediately you can see that replacing them will be a lot less frequent.
LED’s Are Environmentally Friendly
LED’s can be recycled and they also use up to 90% less energy, which will reduce the carbon footprint left by your commercial facility. To find out more about the benefits of LED systems you can find another article here.
Demand Charge Reduction Through Energy Storage
Demand charges are applied to commercial and industrial customers in the US. They are applied during the time that energy companies see the greatest surge in usage, which will cost you more money. What we recommend is setting up an energy storage system. That means that during these times of excessive energy costs you can switch off from the local grid and use the energy that is already stored in your facility. This will save you paying the rates, which at times can cost in excess of $10/pkw (per kilo watt). If you have any grasp of how much that can be for a commercial facility, the energy storage system can save you $1,000’s a year. These battery energy storage systems can even be programmed to calculate when the peak surge in energy will occur, and turn on seamlessly when this happens. This fully automated system won’t have you fretting about when to turn it on and off again.
Power Factor Correction
Improving power factor means smoothing out the phase between voltage and current. Power factor correction capacitors are used to reduce the reactive power from the system. When the power factor is improved this results in power quality increasing, thereby making your system more energy efficient, saving you even more money.
Grid Connected Solar Power System
We have already gone into great detail about the solar energy solutions that we provide at East-West Electric (read more here). A solar panel system is a photovoltaic module that converts light energy produced by the sun into the form of electricity. Expertly fitted solar panels have the following benefits:
Solar power is environmentally beneficial
It is a form of clean energy that does not require using up the earth’s finite resources. It doesn’t leave a carbon footprint and does not emit dangerous elements into the atmosphere.
Solar Power is Financially Beneficial
Contrary to popular belief even if there are clouds present solar panels still work efficiently. After installation you will notice a dramatic decrease in your monthly energy bill, with some systems paying for themselves within one year of operation. You do not pay for the sun to shine on your commercial facility, but how does getting paid for that to happen sound like to you? You will still be connected to the energy grid, but if you produce a surplus of energy that can be fed back into the local grid, this will result in the energy companies paying you.
Solar Power Increases The Value Of Your Property
Clean energy is in high demand and it will become more and more important as the years go on as we battle climate change. Residential and commercial properties have already increased in value in the last 5 years from the benefits of having a fully operational solar panel system.
Along with solar we would advise to setting up an energy storage system for the point we made under the financially beneficial section. We want our customers to not only save money on their electricity bill. We want you to make money instead.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
So what is the next step after reducing the cost of energy for your commercial building? Why not reduce the cost of your commute back and forth from home as well? Electric cars are becoming vital to our society. It is estimated in some countries (such as Ireland) that by 2040 that there will only be clean energy efficient cars allowed on the road. Installing and setting up an electric vehicle charging station at your facility will not only save you money through the commute, it will also encourage your employees to go green when it comes to vehicles. And if an efficient solar panel system along with a sufficient energy storage device in place you don’t have to worry about the extra cost.
Hiring An Experienced Electrician in Clearwater, Florida
Is your commercial building draining your business profits through high energy bills every month? For a small investment in upgrading and installing new energy systems you can save a lot of money and become an environmentally friendly facility in the process. At East-West Electric we pride ourselves in our work in our area. To contact one of our experienced commercial electricians just call us on (727) 771-9403. You can also fill out our online contact form here and we will get back to you promptly.