Yes, we are always talking about lighting but we never talked before about lighting mistakes, and is essential you know it to make a good decor!
If there is an opportunity to improve, there is always an opportunity to mistake too. Today is the day to unveil these little demons that in the most of the times escape through our hands.
Follow the next advices:
The Team is Essential
Energy efficiency is more than the pursuit energy savings. A gain in energy savings can be offset by a loss in productivity if quality isn’t part of the evaluation.
Don`t Neglect Frontline People
Solicit ideas from experts and others who have completed similar projects. Keep maintenance personnel in consideration, think about replacement of wearable parts down the road, and be sure to include ease of maintenance in all specifications.
Use the right Approach
First, establish your objectives for light level, temperature, airflow, and hours of operation, and don’t assume that anything you have must stay the same.The only way you know you’re making the best choices for energy efficiency is to look at the entire building as a system.
Buying Based on Price
Energy-saving retrofit projects bought on price alone are usually a false economy. The few pennies saved upfront can cost thousands in lost savings, increased maintenance costs, and losses in worker productivity. Since the energy savings are paying for the project, why not choose higher quality and avoid risky situations, even if it means adding a few months to the payback? Think about it!
Not Testing Thoroughly
The greatest part of a lighting retrofit is that it lends itself to verification. Take readings before and after in the same locations, and gather information over time. Use the same metering equipment and account for cleaning, age, and sunlight location when making comparisons. Gathering information will enable you to verify the potential of a retrofit project every time.
Botching Up Installation
After a proposed design has been evaluated, you must develop an installation plan of action. Lacking coordination, installation can become a nightmare. Everyone needs to be informed and ready to cooperate.
Failing to Scrutinize Proposals
Go back and look carefully at the proposals you’ve received. Check facts and figures; then, double check. Most of the information you’ll need to make a decision is contained within the audit report: one more reason you can’t underestimate the value of the comprehensive audit and the complete, clear design proposal.
Calculate Correctly the Savings
While your average electricity rates can provide a quick feel for a project’s potential, actual electricity bills should be used to determine your savings. A common mistake is overlooking the rate structure that applies to your business. Check with your utility to make sure the savings assumptions in the proposal are based on the correct rate structure.
Don`t Fall in Love with the Hardware
Sometimes, in the excitement of evaluating new technology, we lose sight of original objectives. For example, sophisticated control features can be appealing, but are often difficult to justify in terms of cost. You don’t want to pay for features you won’t use, or that are unnecessary.It’s one thing to understand how technology works – what’s more important is how it’s applied.
Think About the Opportunities
It’s a big mistake to believe that installing new equipment to save energy is “not in the budget.” That’s like saying you can’t afford to save money. The mere act of paying your electricity bill means there’s cash waiting to work for you.To begin with, financial programs are available that will create positive cash flow from the start. In turn, a properly designed program virtually guarantees that your monthly savings will exceed your monthly payment.
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