How to Reduce Your Elevator’s Energy Consumption

With the entire world trending towards becoming more environmentally-conscious, it should come as no surprise to learn that energy efficiency is becoming a global buzzword. Companies all over the world are striving to make their more green, and the elevator industry is no exception.

As a matter of fact, the global market for energy efficient elevators is estimated to record a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of about 15.14% during the 5 year period of 2019-2024. This growth can be attributed to several factors, such as:

  • Strong demand for energy efficient products and greener buildings
  • Increased demand in emerging markets
  • Higher growth across industries
  • Rising energy costs and environmental impact

While the architects and owners of most new constructions and redevelopment projects are designing their buildings with the environment in mind, the vast majority will have to revitalise their existing projects to account for being environmentally-friendly.

How the Problem Is Being Solved

There are a few different ways elevator companies are working to meet the demand for energy efficient elevators. For example, some are working on developing cable-free elevators made from carbon-reinforced plastic that run on magnetic rails.

Others are integrating smart, internet-based connectivity features. Both of these options work well to reduce the carbon footprint, but both can be expensive as well, meaning some companies won’t be able to implement them right away.

The inside of an elevator, with buttons and floor numbers visible

Fortunately, you don’t need to spring for brand-new models to become more green. As it happens, there are plenty of steps you can take right now to lower the energy consumption of your elevators and boost your carbon footprint. In the following blog post, we’ll be walking you through some of our top tips for doing just that.

Most new constructions or redevelopment projects have architects and owners adopting greener, more energy-efficient elevator strategies for more sustainable buildings. Traction elevators and those with regenerative drives are considered to be more energy efficient as compared to other elevators out there, particularly the older technology which most people know as Hydraulic Lifts.  Therefore, traction elevators are also preferred over hydraulic lifts when it comes to energy efficient lifts.

Here are some simple, cost-effective ways you can reduce energy consumption in your lift.

1: Switch Off Equipment When Not In Use

If you switch off the lights and fans, you’ll be able to cut down on the total amount of energy you use over for any given elevator solution. As insignificant as this might sound, making a habit of this straightforward practice can lead to major energy savings in the long run. To make matters even easier, a lot of modern elevators are equipped with sensors and timers that turn off lights and fans when the elevator has been inactive for some time. This comes in very handy in commercial buildings where you can’t always monitor lights and fans being switched off.

It’s possible your existing lift solution already has some of the sensors and timers we’re talking about, and you could be making some very easy improvements to your carbon footprint situation. If you’re not sure whether or not that’s the case, feel free to send us an email and we’ll be able to clear it up for you in no time.

2: Replace Your Lights with LEDs

Many elevators use the likes of incandescent, fluorescent, and halogen lamps inside the car as their source of illumination. While this would’ve been an excellent solution, in recent years technology has advanced to the extent that those classic selections are no longer the best choice, both in terms of energy consumption and energy efficiency.

An array of light bulbs hanging down from a metallic ceiling

Using LEDs instead of the standard elevator lighting solutions offers a number of benefits in terms of the environmental friendliness of your elevator. Not only do LEDs command less energy than incandescent, fluorescent, and halogen lighting solutions, they also emit less heat in the process. As such, the cooling components need to use less energy themselves, leading to a double-edged improvement to the overall energy efficiency of the lift in question.

3: Look Into Destination Dispatch Technology

The third way you can make your elevator solutions more environmentally friendly and energy efficient is by considering the adoption of destination dispatch technology. Despite the name, it’s actually a fairly straightforward feature you can integrate with your existing lift solutions.

Destination dispatch technology essentially requires the users of an elevator to indicate which floor they want to go to. They’ll then be directed towards an elevator that will stop on the floor they’ve chosen. Because the elevators make fewer stops this way, wear and tear is reduced, while energy efficiency is significantly improved at the same time. You can learn more about the nitty-gritty details of destination dispatch technology here.

4: Modernise Your Lift

Not every solution to the problem of environmental-friendliness needs to involve buying whole new systems. Modernisation is becoming an increasingly popular solution for businesses, homes, factories, and it presents an excellent choice if you’re not keen on completely replacing what you’ve already got.

The inside of an elevator shaft

Although retrofitting your existing elevators with regenerative drives can set you back by a few thousand dollars, you’ll most likely recover the expense in energy savings around two to fours after installation. Regenerative drives not only help you cut down on energy, but also transmit the energy that was saved back to the building grid, furthering the financial benefits to your organisation. Bear in mind, though, that if your current machines are completely obsolete it could be a better idea to buy a new model entirely.

Conclusion

Any of the four strategies mentioned above will make a significant difference in the energy efficiency of your elevators, which will in turn lead to savings in the long term. If you’d like to learn more about how any of the technology involved works, feel free to reach out to us and we’ll clear up anything we can.

Professional Elevator Solutions offers some of the most energy efficient lifts in the world, and we only work with the industry’s leading brands. If you’d like to learn how you can reduce your energy consumption, we’d be happy to lend a hand in figuring the details out, whether that involves the purchase and installation of a new model or modernising an existing solution.

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