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Weathering the dark

November 16, 2016   By Jessica Yourko in Reduce The Use

Replacing lighting with more energy-efficient LED fixtures can save you money.

Everyone who knows me knows that this is my favorite time of year.

By now, I have already decked my halls, trimmed the tree and checked my list at least twice. On Nov. 1, with a witch under one arm and Santa under the other, the transition begins. Always. Every year…except for this one. We pretty much just skip fall and go straight to winter.

With the cleanup from Hurricane Matthew still underway, my world has somehow gotten off kilter. I can’t seem to get into the spirit.

Looking forward though, I realize that there are so many things to be thankful for this November. The presidential election is over. Hallelujah! We are almost officially out of hurricane season. Thanksgiving will be upon us in no time (that means family, friends and some delicious food) and daylight saving time has ended.

OK, so everything was good up until the ending of daylight saving time. Going out on a limb here, I’m going to guess that I am not alone in my disdain for the dark. Our commercial customers have less daylight to operate in and probably have to get a little creative to help manage their electric usage more during this time of year. Below are five ways commercial customers can begin to help weather the dark:

  1. Turn off lights when not needed.
  2. Install lighting occupancy sensors to automatically turn lights off and on based on when someone is in the room.
  3. Reduce the use of and replace outdated and inefficient lighting.
  4. Illuminate interior space with as much natural light during the day as you can when adequate sunlight is available.
  5. Replace incandescent “Exit” signs with newer, more energy efficient LED versions.

For more information and ways to save, visit us here at Santee Cooper Reduce the Use.