Energy Efficiency and Your Business
Most business could use less energy and water, even no or low cost measures can reduce energy costs substantially and provide a return on investment. You don’t have to invest large amounts of time and money on a Carbon/Energy Management Plan to make savings. Some simple measures businesses can take right away include:
- Carrying out an office energy audit. This could be done a few times at different times of the day and will highlight where energy is being wasted and the savings opportunities
- Checking that the heating system is running efficiently. Are the boilers serviced regularly? Are the heating controls and thermostats set correctly? Do staff use portable heaters in addition to the radiators? Are there heaters and air conditioning units on at the same time? How is hot water provided? What about draughts?
- Upgrading the lighting with more energy efficient lamps. This does not necessarily mean LEDs, there are now more energy efficient fluorescent tubes available which make great savings. Is there an opportunity to install sensors? This means that the lights will turn off automatically when the room is empty. Are the lamps and fittings clean? Could exterior lighting be switched off when it is not needed? Are office lights left on throughout the night?
- Considering PC Power Management software for office computers. This will shutdown PC’s after a certain time if they have been left on. Other simple measures include turning off screens when not in use and switching off other office equipment such as printers, photocopiers at the end of the working day.
- Considering having the water supply metered and carry out a simple water audit. Routine monitoring will highlight any leaks.
- Using your energy and water bills to investigate usage
- Nominate members of staff to be office energy champions
(adapted from the Carbon Trust’s: Better Business Guide to Energy Saving and Dee Valley Water’s: How to save water in your business)
The Carbon Trust and Energy Saving Trust can provide bespoke advice to your business on reducing energy use and developing a carbon/energy management plan. Your local water supplier will be able to provide information on reducing your water usage.