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Organisational activities for efficient lighting

Wholesale and retail
Low cost
Payback time:
0 Year(s)
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Resource savings: Energy:
Depending on actions implemented
Size of company:
Micro (less than 10), Small (less than 50), Medium (less than 250), Large (more than 250)
One off investment:
What is the business case of this measure?:

Energy savings by zero cost (organisational) measures

What is in it for you:
Energy savings, better lighting, improved environment
Descriptive information:

If lighting in a shop or warehouse uses over 12 kW/m2 of power, there is a high likelihood that savings can be made. Firstly, it is important to monitor energy consumption for lighting to find out which elements of the system are consuming the most. Find solutions to rectify the problem, whether it is replacing older fittings, using new technologies, or simply installing more energy efficient bulbs. 

A number of organisation-wide measures can make a difference:

  • Use as much natural light as possible.
  • Optimise the use of lights by switching them off when not needed during the day, at certain times at night, during restocking or identified special uses.
  • Eliminate unnecessary lighting energy use outside normal hours. Lighting that is not required can be switched off or dimmed.
  • Do not over-fill or crowd store windows, blocking out light; place key products as close to the window as possible.
  • Lighting should be switched off and sockets unplugged when shops/offices/warehouses are not occupied.
  • Do not leave outdoor lighting on during the day.
  • Use timers and smart technology to help monitor and adjust lighting accordingly.

Schoenberger H., Galvez Martos J. L., Styles D. 2013. Best Environmental Management Practice in the Retail Trade Sector. p374, https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/publication/eur-scientific-and-technical-res...

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