DIY energy savings for your business

20 October 2014

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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!

 



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