The building owner requested us to investigate the cause of unusually high electricity bills in this large multi-storey storage facility. Not having worked on the building before, we were initially puzzled with the high numbers. Maybe there was nefarious activity such as weed being grown in storage units. Once we studied the layout and took power measurements, we discovered that inefficient and poorly controlled lighting was the culprit.
Our solution was to replace existing fluorescent fittings with higher efficiency ones, together with a robust programmable control system. The net savings are about $35,000 per year with a 2.5 payback for the whole project.
Thanks to our client Abacus, and the contractors Rankin McManus and SmartBT, this was a very successful project.