A large proportion of the energy costs on a farm or other agricultural concern come from lighting. Switching to low energy lighting is one of the quickest and simplest ways to reduce electricity consumption and bring down costs and installing low energy lighting on a farm offers a good return on investment with the outlay potentially offset against profits in just one to two years.
Low energy lighting can reduce electricity consumption by up to 80% compared to conventional lighting and new installations can often make use of existing wiring. In areas that are not in use all day such as outbuildings, office areas and equipment stores an occupancy sensor can be installed so that the lights are only on when required. Sensors can save between 30 – 50% of lighting costs.
In areas where there is insufficient natural daylight, artificial lighting can be controlled by light sensors, providing additional lighting when required and saving money. As the amount of available daylight hours are dependent on the season this makes light sensors a good option for famers and anyone who works outside all year round when additional lighting may be required during winter months.
In addition to saving money and reducing a farm’s carbon footprint, replacing older fluorescent lighting with modern systems can also help to create a better environment for staff and livestock.