Restaurants, storefronts, retailers and small offices have good reason to switch to automated wireless energy management if they haven’t done so already. And, with the largest private manufacturer of electrical wiring, Leviton, unveiling the Lumina Gateway Wireless Energy Management Eco-System in early 2015, now is the time for contractors and electricians to penetrate the light and temperature automation market.
Benefits of Business Automation
There are quite a few benefits of an energy management system, such as the one unveiled by Leviton. First, it is a cost-effective automation solution for commercial areas. The Leviton Cloud System essentially allows event logic scheduling for up to 40 connected devices. These connections can come from motion sensors, door and light contacts, thermostats and several other sources. With this system, a store or smaller commercial operation can easily control all lighting and energy management aspects of their building.
The benefits of lighting automation for a business are similar to those a homeowner will enjoy. There are fewer opportunities for wasted light, heating and cooling, thereby lowering utility bills. For example, Leviton’s system is built to allow full control over building HVAC units. According to Building System Automation, managing HVAC units and lighting systems can save businesses anywhere from 5 percent to 30 percent on utility costs. For owners of a small business or medium-sized commercial buildings, these savings can prove to be a huge benefit.
Due to the high amount of sensors that can be controlled, every corner of a building can be monitored for optimal temperature. Leviton’s cloud-based system will ensure the building remains at a comfortable temperature while still lowering energy costs.
How to Get Started
With the ability to connect and control so many areas, it’s understandable if a business owner, landlord or electrician may feel a bit hesitant on where to get started. SDM Magazine recommended buildings first start with automating lighting controls, and for good reason. According to a report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, commercial building construction from 2008 to 2012 declined compared to the highest levels from 1980 to 1989. However, newer buildings are larger in size, as the average size is roughly 19,000 square feet, whereas buildings from the 1980s averaged 16,300 square feet.
Larger size equates to more resources being needed to light and control the temperature. According to a 2009 study from the U.S. Department of Energy, commercial building energy consumption increased by 69 percent from 1980 to 2009, with EIA estimating consumption to increase an even further 33 percent from 2009 to 2035.
Lighting control is a beneficial first step toward lowering utility costs and using environmentally-friendly methods. In some instances, employee productivity may even increase, Rawlson O’Neil King, the communications director at Continental Automated Buildings Association, told SDM Magazine.
“When you have a more efficient and healthy building, you will also have more productivity take place by employees in that building,” said King.
Commercial buildings that have yet to implement lighting and temperature automation systems may want to take a look at the newest offering from Leviton. With the ability to control up to 40 wireless devices remotely and receive SMS notifications, building management and businesses can help lower monthly costs and make the building energy efficient.
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