Piper Electric Co., Inc. is always looking for new services that improve energy efficiency so we can help our customers save money while ”going green”. We offer efficiency services and renewable energy solutions to all customers, whether they are commercial or residential. At a time of growing concern about energy costs and consumption, these solutions can help your home or facility to be more energy efficient, which can benefit your wallet and your environment.
Easy “Green” Solutions
· LED Lighting
Going “green” for industrial facilities, businesses, or homes can be as easy as changing a light bulb. Piper Electric Co., Inc suggests LED lights. These lights are different than other light sources, such as incandescent and CFL. LED lighting is longer lasting, more efficient, and can be more versatile. LED lighting products use light emitting diodes to produce light very efficiently, which can cut down on electric bills and reduce the heat emitted by traditional light bulbs. LED bulbs also do not contain mercury so no need to dispose of them at a special facility like CFL bulbs.
The useful life of LED lighting products is defined differently than that of other light sources, because LEDs typically do not “burn out” or fail. They experience lumen depreciation, where the amount of light produced decreases and light color appearance can shift over time. The useful life of an LED product is set based on a prediction of when the light output decreases 30 percent.
LED lighting systems also do not radiate heat the way a traditional system does. The heat produced from the power going into the product must be drawn away from the LEDs. Thermal management is probably the single most important factor in the successful performance of an LED product over its lifetime because the higher the temperature at which the LEDs are operated, the more quickly the light will degrade, and the shorter the useful life will be. *
· Solar and Wind Solutions
Going “green” for commercial purposes can also be achieved using solar and wind energy systems. Grid-tie systems turn the DC electricity generated by solar cells and wind turbines into usable AC power for use in homes or businesses.
Incentive Programs and Other Resources
Piper Electric Co., Inc. promotes incentive programs sponsored by various government agencies and private companies. There are many such programs in Colorado that can reduce the cost of installing “green” electrical systems. Here are some resources:
- dsireusa.org – A list of state and federal incentive programs
- xcelenergy.com – Colorado’s largest utility company offers incentives to its customers
- eere.energy.gov – The U.S. Department of Energy provides tips on energy efficiency
*taken in part from www.energystar.com