FPL energy experts recommend the following tips to quickly and most effectively help you conserve energy, trim costs and gain control over the energy usage in your business:

  1. Installing occupancy sensors in rooms in your facility that are not always in use could reduce your total lighting costs by 15 percent.

  2. Replacing traditional incandescent light bulbs is a great way to save. Choose Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) bulbs which use 75 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer. Better yet, light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs use 85 percent less energy than incandescent – saving you about $70 in energy costs over the life of the bulb.

  3. Don’t forget about signage: replacing incandescent bulbs in exit signs with LEDs saves about 80 percent on signage operating costs. If LEDs are not compatible with your current sign, a new sign is inexpensive and could pay for itself within a year.

  4. Save up to 30 percent by using smart power strips to regulate energy use on equipment such as computers, copiers and printers.

  5. Enable the sleep mode on office computers to achieve savings up to $20 per year for each computer.

  6. Use up to 30 percent less energy when you switch to a fluorescent lighting system that operates with energy-efficient electronic ballasts rather than magnetic ones.

  7. Save about 20 percent in lighting energy use by installing bi-level switching to control lighting.

  8. Cut lighting energy use by up to 30 percent using timers or setting up a scheduling system to control lights on a predictable schedule.

  9. When it’s time to replace printers, refrigerators and other office equipment, choose products that have the ENERGY STAR® label.

  10. Programmable thermostats can be helpful by reducing air conditioning during unoccupied hours.