Companies hoping to reduce their carbon footprint and minimise their electricity consumption by installing T5 smilight tubes and other energy saving light bulbs have been advised to look at ways to measure and analyse their consumption.
Gys Synman, vice-president for energy efficiency at Schneider Electric South Africa, told Engineering News that power has become a commodity that firms need to regulate their use of.
He suggested that firms installing smilight fittings and similar technology also look at ways to measure how much electricity they are consuming.
The expert explained that this enables firms to identify areas that need to be addressed and allows them to make "calculated decisions".
"If a company has a clear view of its energy use, then it will be able to achieve maximum energy efficiency," Mr Synman stated.
Earlier this year, supermarket giant Tesco announced the opening of an eco-friendly store in Lincolnshire that was fitted with energy efficient light bulbs.