You've reached that point. You've had the experts look at your current lighting system, and they've run the numbers on the amount of power you're using. If you retrofit your system to use LED bulbs instead of what you have now, then you are going to use less energy, and spend less money on your overhead. And not just a little bit less... a lot less.
We're talking a reduction of 50 percent or more in your monthly spending alone! But then you see the bill for a retrofit, and you go into sticker shock. So you start thinking that maybe you don't have to do it all at once. That if you stagger out your upgrades they'll be more affordable, and you won't feel like you broke the bank to get more efficient lighting.
Well, you can do that. But you're just costing yourself money if you do.
Stop Sinking A Little At A Time?
Imagine, for a moment, that your business was a ship. Someone just did an evaluation, and they pointed out that there is a long gash through the hull. You currently have automatic pumps keeping you afloat, but those pumps are expensive to run.
Someone tells you that you can repair the hull, and thus stop spending so much money, but the initial cost is going to be a little high. Of course when you look at your savings over the next few years, the repairs will pay for themselves in a relatively short order.
Would you, in that situation, say just repair part of the gash, and we'll let the water keep filling up the other compartments until the next time we're in the dock, when we'll get another part of that gash repaired?
If that sounds like the behavior of a crazy person, realize that it's the same thing as staggering out a retrofit over a longer period of time.
Because while it's perfectly possible to retrofit a select number of lights during a set period of time, it's important to remember that every fixture that remains the same is still roaring with an inefficient use of electricity. So while the fixtures you do upgrade will save you money, leaving the old ones in place means you're burning through expenses at the same, higher rate.
While it might save you money on the up-front costs (particularly if you have a large number of fixtures that all have to be upgraded), you lose out on the back end. To maximize your savings, and to make sure your LEDs can pay for themselves as quickly as possible, you need to staunch the flow of wasted energy.
The longer you wait to do the upgrade, the more it's going to cost you in total. And if you stagger it out for too long, then you may end up adding years to the amount of time it will take you to break even.
Investments Require Investment
Too often an upgrade like this is thought of as a punishment, rather than seen as an investment. An investment which will yield immediate results, cut down on wasted energy, and which will mean you spend far less money in replacing spent bulbs given the life of LEDs.
While it's true that an investment will eventually "pay for itself" with the savings it gives you, the important thing to remember is those savings begin immediately. And once the upgrade has taken place, they'll remain indefinitely.
So what are you waiting for?
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