Energy Conservation is a societal need: The human progress through ages is throwing the challenges of saving nature from the ill effects of uncontrolled growth. Global warming, environmental pollution, light pollution, over Illuminance, etc. have become the signals of the impending danger in the times ahead to nature and human life. Energy conservation has emerged as a major area of focus towards conserving nature. Recognising this need and responsibility Kakatiya Energy Systems has pioneered in evolving effective lighting control solutions which contribute to energy saving in all the areas of outdoor lighting. Kakatiya Energy Systems offers solutions for automatic switching and automatic dimming of outdoor lamps to meet the objectives of power saving and to avoid all wastages involved in outdoor lighting usage.
Energy saving potential in outdoor lighting: Outdoor lighting comprises of various lighting installations like street lighting, hoarding lighting, glow sign lighting, light box lighting, architectural lighting, land-scape lighting, front lit board lighting, back lit board lighting, park lighting, area lighting, yard lighting, campus lighting etc. The energy wastages in all these areas is primarily caused due to errors in manual switching or use of technologies which are not refined. Over Illuminance is another form of energy wastage which needs to be avoided through proper automation. The potential savings through automation vary among various applications and the energy conservation will be highest if we can effectively replace manual switching in areas characterised by access problems or inefficiency. The examples include remote areas or public lighting.
The energy wastages in these areas due to late switching OFF or early switching ON could be even upto a few hours each day. This provides a scope for power saving by adopting automatic switching systems to ensure objectivity in switching. Another example for energy conservation is to opt for part night operation of certain lighting systems like Signage, Hoarding, Yard lighting etc. which need not be switched ON for the entire night. Another major area offering intensive energy conservation is reducing the light pollution in outdoor areas by opting for late night dimming. We have solutions for all the above needs and please see the products page for details. General info on Energy Conservation Energy conservation is the practice of decreasing the quantity of energy used while achieving a similar outcome. This practice may result in increase of financial capital, environmental value, national security, personal security, and human comfort. Individuals and organizations that are direct consumers of energy may want to conserve energy in order to reduce energy costs and promote economic, political and environmental sustainability. Industrial and commercial users may want to increase efficiency and thus maximize profit.
On a larger scale, energy conservation is an important element of energy policy. In general, energy conservation reduces the energy consumption and energy demand per capita, and thus offsets the growth in energy supply needed to keep up with population growth. This reduces the rise in energy costs, and can reduce the need for new power plants, and energy imports. The reduced energy demand can provide more flexibility in choosing the most preferred methods of energy production. By reducing emissions, energy conservation is an important part of lessening climate change. Energy conservation facilitates the replacement of non-renewable resources with renewable energy. Energy conservation is often the most economical solution to energy shortages, and is a more environmentally benign alternative to increased energy production. Lighting includes both artificial light sources such as lamps and natural illumination of interiors from daylight. Lighting represents a major component of energy consumption, accounting for a significant part of all energy consumed worldwide. Artificial lighting is provided today by electric lights, but previously by gas lighting, candles or oil lamps.
Proper lighting can enhance task performance or aesthetics, while there can be energy wastage and adverse health effects of lighting. Indoor lighting is a form of fixture or furnishing, and a key part of interior design. Lighting can also be an intrinsic component of landscaping. Artificial lighting consumes a significant part of all electrical energy consumed worldwide. In homes and offices from 20 to 50 percent of total energy consumed is due to lighting (Hawkin, 2000). Most importantly, for some buildings over 90 percent of lighting energy consumed can be an unnecessary expense through over-illumination (Hawken, 2000). Thus lighting represents a critical component of energy use today, especially in large office buildings where there are many alternatives for energy utilization in lighting. There are several strategies available to minimize energy requirements in any building: * Specification of illumination requirements for each given use area. * Design of time of day use that does not expend unnecessary energy. * Selection of fixture and lamp types that reflect best available technology for energy conservation.
* Training of building occupants to utilize lighting equipment in most efficient manner. * Maintenance of lighting systems to minimize energy wastage. The commercial sector consists of retail stores, offices (business and government), restaurants, schools and other workplaces. Energy in this sector has the same basic end uses as the residential sector, in slightly different proportions. Space conditioning is again the single biggest consumption area, but it represents only about 30% of the energy use of commercial buildings. Lighting, at 25%, plays a much larger role than it does in the residential sector. Lighting is also generally the most wasteful component of commercial use. A number of case studies indicate that more efficient lighting and elimination of over-illumination can reduce lighting energy by approximately fifty percent in many commercial buildings. Commercial buildings can greatly increase energy efficiency by thoughtful design, with today's building stock being very poor examples of the potential of systematic energy efficient design Commercial buildings often have professional management, allowing centralized control and coordination of energy conservation efforts.
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