Once you have completed an energy audit, you’ll have a checklist of energy-saving opportunities to guide you.  But you don’t have to wait to for a formal audit to get started saving energy.  Here is some additional resources and information to get started.

Become an Energy Star Partner

Find out how your building ranks in terms of its current efficiency.  Receive information and tools to guide you in saving energy and improve efficiency in your buildings today.
Learn how to:
Measure, track, and benchmark energy performance
Develop and implement a plan to improve energy performance,
Educate your staff and public about your achievements
Energy Saving Tip Sheet –Energy Star Low Cost and No Cost Sure Energy Savers

Lighting Upgrades

Adopting more energy efficient lighting is one of the easiest ways to reduce your energy use.  Lower cost, quick return on investment, and high quality lighting – all reasons to make lighting a top priority.

Switch to LED Bulbs for Exit Signs

Replacing the light bulbs in exit signs with LED lights is a quick and easy way to start saving money  and energy.

Swap out Halogen floodlights

Electricity bill savings, improved security lighting, and reduced fire hazard – all in one easy swap!

Many small building owners and churches use halogen floodlights for their outdoor signs and exterior lighting. Here are three reasons to swap out halogen floodlights for LEDs:

  • Halogen floodlights are expensive to run. A typical halogen floodlight is 200 to 500 watts.
  • They get very hot. The body itself can cause structure fires if placed too close to a soffit or roof. Halogen torchieres (the long stand up living room lights) have been banned from many college dormitories because they are a fire hazard.
  • They have minimal glare control; the result is that halogen lighting can cause deep shadows behind the light, and blind anyone walking towards it.

The solution?

Metal halide floodlights, and their successor, “pulse start” metal halide floodlights, offer significant reductions in electricity costs. These types of outdoor lights provide a direct benefit to building owners by reducing electric bills and fire hazards, and providing better light control and security.

So why do people buy halogen floodlights and use them?
Simply because they’re cheap and readily available. Once people see the cost, safety, and security benefits, though, it’s easy to swap out or avoid halogen lights.

The figure shows the wasted cost of using a 500W halogen floodlight as a nightly security light for one year:

Halogen floodlight Pulse start metal halide floodlight
Typical initial cost $15.70 $165.00
Light output

(in lumens)

10,500 14,000
Cost per kilowatt 0.085 0.085
Wattage 500 175
Operating hours 3500 3500
Operating Cost $149 $52
Cost breaks even in two years!
Savings every year after that: $96.69