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Energy saving ideas

The cheapest energy available is the energy you don’t use. You can spend a long time working on squeezing a price from 9.5p/kWh to 9.3p/kWh however if you don’t use that kWh at all it, of course, doesn’t cost you anything.

A lot of consumers jump straight to putting solar panels on the roof, installing a wind turbine, or physically changing equipment on site. This is not to say these are not worthwhile projects to implement, however, if you have no specific means of understanding or measuring the impact of these changes and, more importantly, how to replicate or maintain the reductions, then your energy management drive is often short-lived and loses its all-important momentum.

We like to help our customers through a journey outlined briefly below to ensure you are in control, understand what you are looking for, and are able to achieve a sustainable position with maximum results.

  • Plan
    Without goals, or plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination
  • Measure
    If you don’t measure it, you can’t manage it
  • Understand
    Get to know everything you can about how you use your energy. Aim to understand what you use per category per hour
  • Review & Act
    If you do the same today as you did yesterday you will get the same result
  • Educate & Motivate
    In order to change we need the person in control of the switch or plug to understand the impact and benefit of their actions
  • Feedback
    Feedback is imperative to maintain the effect of any project, initiative, or cultural change
  • Invest
    The final stage once you have understood and managed your consumption to the best of your ability, is to invest in order to achieve further savings. At this stage you will understand the options available to you and clearly know which area will benefit most from the investment and provide the quickest payback.

Also:

  • Reducing the temperature in a building by 1ºC will save 5-10% of the heating bill
  • A dripping tap could waste as much as 20 litres of water a day
  • A set of ten computers and monitors left on 24 hours a day could save over £500 a year
  • Lighting is often more than 50% of a total electricity spend due to poor management
  • How do you know what you are specifically using when you are not on site?

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