October is National Energy Awareness Month, and Major Industries is looking at a few of the ways that translucent panel systems help an organization lower its energy use and save on electrical costs. Fortunately, one of the largest consumers of electricity is also one of the most easily replaced. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), artificial lighting in the commercial and residential sectors is responsible for approximately 5% of the total U.S. electricity consumption in 2019 and makes up approximately 10.3% of all commercial electricity use. By decreasing their dependence on artificial lighting and utilizing natural daylight instead, organizations can lower operational costs while also helping to conserve the environment. And one of the best ways to do that is through translucent panel skylights and wall systems.
Translucent panel systems like Major’s Guardian 275® system also help to reduce an organization’s electrical expenses by controlling cooling costs. Space cooling alone is responsible for 11.9% of commercial electricity use and can be especially costly when compensating for unwanted solar heat gain and hot spots created by direct streams of sunlight into the building. But by diffusing incoming daylight through translucent panel systems, companies can continue to savor the sun’s light without having to increase HVAC output.