How to reduce your energy bills in 6 easy steps.
What if I told you that you could save £1,000 for every £10,000 spent on your energy bill? Would you be interested? It isn’t unusual for an organisation to achieve a 10% reduction in energy performance from no-cost and low-cost options alone.
Do you need an expert consultant? No! You can do it yourself. Sure, hiring a specialist has many advantages such as a ‘fresh pair of eyes’, depth of technical expertise, breadth of experience, freedom from interruptions and availability of a specialist support team, but at the end of the day – you know your business the best. All you need is your inside knowledge, some time and the following steps and you’ll be on your way to energy savings.
Step 1- Establish a baseline.
Establish patterns of energy consumption and an energy baseline (i.e. consumption over a given year);
Step 2 - Establish a benchmark.
Try to find an energy benchmark and best practice case studies for you sector;
Step 3 - Identify problem areas.
Identify the areas where energy is used (e.g. compressed air, lighting, etc.) and try to determine where the most significant energy use is;
Step 4 - Identify savings opportunities.
Investigate each significant energy use looking for energy efficiency opportunities;
Step 5 - Develop a plan.
Put together a simple action plan targeting two or three significant energy users;
Step 6 - Watch those overheads reduce!
One last thing - when you’re trying to decide which energy efficiency measures you’re going to action, don’t forget to have a quick look around for funding. Even though times are tough there’s still ‘cash’ out there for resource efficiency projects. Good luck!