About 17,000 dealerships in North America use more than 18% of energy per year than a typical commercial building. The Average Dealership Profitability by National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) reports that the auto industry is consuming $1.9 billion dollars annually. Around 45% goes to lighting systems alone.
Energy Star says if all auto dealerships in the U.S. decreased their energy use by 10%, then they could save at least $193 million. They could also prevent more than a million tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Here are some ways to save more in auto dealerships.
1. Install Energy Star-labeled Products
Install compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light-emitting diode (LED) instead of incandescent bulbs. LED lighting saves up to 75% energy. It lasts 50 times longer and produces less heat than incandescent. Look for electrical supply companies that offer Energy Star-rated products to be sure. Browse through their special offers to find which is more suitable and energy-efficient for your displays.
2. Turn off Equipment When Not in Use
Turn off, lower the settings, or put in sleep mode, everything that you won’t use for the next few hours. For instance, put your computers in sleep or hibernate mode during off peak hours. Be aware of your customer’s patterns, though, so their arrival won’t surprise you. By saving 1,000 kilowatt-hours, you save up to $100 in your utility bills.
3. Maintain the HVAC Properly
Install a programmable thermostat, so the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems can adjust according to temperature. This keeps the interior cool during summer and warm at night or during cold days. Extreme temperature doesn’t only affect employees, but also the quality of the vehicles’ exteriors. In addition, your HVAC systems won’t have to work harder than they should.
Auto dealerships need to keep their location bright and welcoming, so many think that reducing energy costs might be impossible. A few small deeds can make a difference, though, like these simple guidelines.