5 Tips on How to Save Electricity in Commercial Spaces

Author: Passey Electric. |


As a new business owner, ensuring your facility is safe and up to code is important. This includes ensuring that your business's electricity can handle the demands of a commercial structure.

1. Don't Skip Inspections

You might be tempted to put off electrical inspections for your business, but they are relatively inexpensive and can save you a lot of money in the long run. Inspections will also reveal hidden dangers you cannot see without a more in-depth look.

2. Watch for Signs of Electrical Danger

One of the most dangerous items in your office is a power strip. While power strips seem exceedingly helpful, they can also reveal unsafe electrical wiring. If you notice that your power outlets do not work properly or if you see sparks in the outlet, you may need to contact an electrician.

  • Bits of insulation or wire hanging out of a socket

  • Cracks, bumps, or holes in the walls or ceiling

  • Frayed wiring

  • Rusting or corroded electrical boxes

  • Discoloration on electrical cords

You should be especially concerned with any wiring that is not grounded. If you see a black wire, it is not grounded.

3. Upgrade Electrical Components Regularly

Many commercial and industrial consumers are charged for the electricity they use, meaning it's important to ensure your electrical components are updated. If your electrical components are not updated, they could potentially become damaged.

It's important to bring in an electrician to ensure that your electrical components are up to date and safe. You may want to think about having multiple electricians do the job to get the best price.

4. Make Electrical Safety Part of Mandatory Training

One of the first things you want to do when your facility is first built is to make electrical safety part of your mandatory training. Employees can be trained on how to handle dangerous situations as well as how to avoid them.

You can teach your employees how to properly spot unsafe electrical wiring and hook up equipment. It's also a good idea to have a copy of your company's safety manual in the office in an emergency.

5. Shut Equipment Completely When Possible

When equipment isn't being used, you should shut it off completely. This will help to save electricity while keeping your business safe. It should be noted that shutting off equipment may harm your productivity, but it can also save you money in the long term.

The best way to shut off equipment is to unplug it. If you choose to shut off equipment using a switch, you should ensure that the switch is located away from water or other fluids. You should also ensure that you turn switches off in the right order. This can ensure that your equipment does not get damaged or electrically shocked.


As a business owner, you must keep your company safe and protect the health and finances of the people that work for you. If you have an existing commercial structure, you should consider hiring an electrician to inspect it. At the very least, ensure you are aware of any electrical dangers to avoid them as much as possible.

Passey Electric provides complete electrical solutions to residential, farm wiring, and commercial establishments across Raymond, Southern Alberta. Whether it be new construction or maintenance, we have the tools and ability to help you with your needs. From new services, new homes, to Hot tubs and lighting upgrades we do it. If you need commercial electrical services in Lethbridge, we’ve got you covered! Call us at (403) 635-6767 and let us know how we can help!