Two questions commonly posed to our energy experts when clients are planning to implement a natural daylighting system are:
– How energy efficient are skylights?
– How much can we realistically expect to save in energy costs?
The honest answer is that it varies because there are a numbers of factors ultimately determining the overall energy savings that could be achieved. One factor involves the physical dimensions and use of your building; typically, more open volume with high ceilings and an abundance of hard surfaces (i.e. warehouses) equates to greater energy consumption. Climate is also an important factor, particularly if your facility is located in a sunbelt state (emphasis on cooling) or a snowbelt state (emphasis on heating). Your local energy rate (cents per kW/hr) should be considered as well because many providers offer lower rates after typical business hours (known as