Top 5 tips for reducing business energy consumption
By LSI Energy Management
From years of experience in reducing energy consumption our energy management specialists have come up with their five top tips to share with you.
- Know your consumption – being able to know how much energy you consume and when is key to reducing it. The most ideal information to have is half hourly consumption data so that patterns can be easily spotted and issues such as excessive night-time usage resolved.
- Exhibit some control – most buildings have control systems for their heating and hot water (as well as other systems on larger buildings) which are under-used. With the timing, set points and other features not set at the most efficient level energy will be used un-necessarily. Often the quickest savings can be made by finding your controllers, checking all the settings on them and making sure that they closely match the way you work.
- It is more than changing light bulbs…but that is not a bad place to start – modern, low energy lighting solutions have developed considerably over the last 5 years with LED and low energy fluorescent light sources now able to provide very acceptable levels of light output and functionality with bulbs/lamps that can be installed into your existing fittings. Focusing on those lights that stay on for the longest period of time will provide the best investment so look at your main stairs rather than your store cupboard.
- Heat where you need it and not where you don’t – Too many organisations turn their heating on and it is then on everywhere, including the boiler room. Exposed pipework in the boiler room can be the equivalent of several large radiators so wrap up all those joints and fittings and leave the heat in the pipework to get it to where it is needed. And then use those TRV’s at the end of radiators to turn the temperature to something suitable for that space. Many stair cores can be set low and unused spaces down to frost. If the TRV is turned to MAX then it is effectively doing nothing so only turn them up as far as the highest number.
- Opportunities in every repair and refurbishment – whether its just repairing a dripping tap or changing a light bulb or perhaps a major refurbishment of a space, every time works to the building are carried out there is likely to be an opportunity to do them in a way that helps to save on energy consumption. Look at the works you have planned and challenge as to whether there is something different or more you can do to be more efficient as a result, while it may cost a little more now it will pay back for itself in just a few years.
For further information on how LSI could assist your business in saving money on energy please contact Barrie Jacobs, SME Sales Manger on:
Telephone: 01727 877 039 or 0800 019 95 95