SEC Bill Too High? Here are 5 Ways Saudi Businesses Can Save

January 3, 2021

The Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) bill comes reliably every month, and every month it puts an unwanted dent in your business’ overhead. The electric bill is unavoidable — after all, you need to keep the lights on. With rising energy costs though, the SEC bill is becoming a bigger burden for Saudi businesses — and many are looking for energy savers to cut costs.

The good news is, there are plenty of ways to reduce your SEC bill that don’t require cutting off electricity your business desperately needs. There are various ways you can save money without sacrificing your power needs. Here are 5 examples:

1. Use LED Lighting

LED (light-emitting diode) lighting uses far less power than traditional incandescent bulbs. LEDs not only draw less power — they last more than 20 times longer than incandescent bulbs. LED light bulbs work by bringing together currents with a positive and negative charge to create energy released in the form of light.

The LED bulb is not new technology — it’s been around for decades — but its widespread use in both commercial spaces and private homes has been driven by a significant drop in price.

Replacing your existing lighting with LED technology is a great energy saver — and a simple and affordable way to cut your SEC bill. Many businesses across the globe have already adopted LEDs, including office spaces, indoor farming operations and even the International Space Station. Light, durable and highly effective, LEDs are the future of lighting.

2. Connect Your Business to the Internet of Things (IoT) 

IoT technology is breaking out. Every day, more and more devices are getting “connected.” “Smart” sensors connected to your businesses lighting and other power-drawing appliances can help you manage your power automatically.

Programmable to your individual needs, these sensors will turn your power on and off, dim your lights when full power isn’t needed, and even lower your power consumption during peak hours — and it’s all automated. These real-time monitoring systems ensure that you’re using your power in the most efficient way possible, no matter how much power you use.

With the cost of electricity rising across the globe, it’s no wonder there are a host of new technologies on the market that help companies save. IoT connectivity is an energy saver that almost any business would benefit from.

3. Optimize Your HVAC Systems

Many businesses have HVAC systems that are decades old, and that’s a problem. While your HVAC system may not need repair, it’s probably costing you more on your SEC bill than you realize.

Having your vents cleaned and systems checked can make your HVAC systems run more efficiently, drawing less power from the electricity grid and lowering your SEC bill in the process. In fact, blocked vents can increase your electricity usage by a whopping 25%.

If your system is very old, you might consider installing a new one. Modern HVAC systems take energy efficiency into account whereas older ones didn’t. Completely replacing your HVAC system may seem like a big investment, but it’s an energy saver that will help your bottom line well into the future.

4. Start Using Renewable Energy

The most cost-effective energy for your business is energy you produce yourself. Renewable energy sources like wind and solar energy can slash your SEC bill down to a fraction of its current cost.

Solar, in particular, is so simple to implement it’s a wonder why every Saudi business hasn’t already done it. With solar power, you simply install panels on your building, connect the system to the SEC grid and start producing energy.

Grid-connected solar power doesn’t require a storage solution, as your energy storage is managed by SEC. You can significantly reduce your energy bill by generating some and possibly most of your energy needs through solar. And if you produce more power than you consume, then you will simply receive a credit on your SEC bill for the amount of energy you send back to the SEC grid.

Businesses can cut energy costs by 80 percent or more with solar. After all, the sun’s energy is free (and Saudi Arabia has plenty!) — you just have to take advantage of it.

5. Shade Your Business

The sun’s energy is incredibly powerful, especially in Saudi Arabia where it’s constantly shining. Ironically, that same energy can cause your energy bill to skyrocket. The sun shining through your business’ windows can turn up the heat, forcing you to turn up the air conditioning.

Installing tinted window films can dramatically reduce your SEC bill by regulating the indoor temperature so you’ll rely less on energy-consuming air conditioning. Many commercial window films also offer UV protection, which will help protect your office furniture, equipment and employees from damaging UV rays.

There are plenty of energy savers your company can implement to cut down your SEC bill. Do a little research, figure out what works for your business, and start saving money that would be better spent growing your business.

Sun Capture is a solar energy services company in Saudi Arabia helping businesses in the GCC bridge the gap between the current rising energy demands and costs, and the coming national move towards affordable renewable energy. To learn more about how solar can help your energy needs and bring your business in line with Saudi Vision 2030, contact us today.