Much like in our homes, there are many ways we can become energy efficient in the workplace. Depending on what industry you work within will influence the number and type of energy efficiency opportunities available to you. For example, if you own a warehouse, there will be different energy reduction opportunities than if you work in an office. You could find that making simple changes could make a huge difference to your energy usage and your costs.
However, there are tools every business can follow in order to achieve energy efficiency in the workplace, such as…
Conduct an energy audit: Conducting an energy audit will help you understand your energy consumption profile and subsequently identify areas of your business that are using excessive energy. Then you will be able to understand where you need to take action and with the help of an energy efficiency expert you can identify energy-efficient schemes your business can implement to bring your consumption down and thus reduce your carbon footprint.
Install a smart meter: Knowing how much energy is being used by each area of your business at a granular level is a great way to spot inefficiencies within a workplace. You may find that a particular process or machine is using more energy than it should or that your organisation uses more energy on a particular day of the week compared to others. Once you identify this inefficiency you can then take action to remedy it.
Optimising your Building Energy Management System: Building Energy Management System (BEMS) is a software that enables you to monitor, analyse and control your businesses energy consumption. It is estimated that 90% of businesses’ heating, ventilation, and air conditioning is poorly managed, resulting in over £500 million lost in energy costs per year. In addition, inadequate use of boiler controls can add up to 30% to fuel consumption compared to those businesses using effective BEMS (Carbon Trust). By choosing BEMS to monitor your usage, you will be able to guarantee the reduction of your carbon footprint and energy costs.
Switch to LED lighting: LED lights convert 95% of their energy into light, with only 5% being wasted as heat compared to regular lightbulbs, where 95% is produced into heat and only 5% into light. This means that you could make a huge saving on your lighting energy consumption, especially if you organisation has high light usage.
Maintenance checks: By completing regular maintenance checks, you will be avoiding the risk of your machinery and technology running inefficiently, which is a waste of energy. This simple check can save you a considerate amount on your energy bills.
Behavioural changes: By making your employees aware of the importance of being aware of the amount of wasted energy they use; you can work together as a team to ensure everyone is playing their part; this can also be really rewarding as you watch your energy bills decrease. Making sure your equipment, whether computers or machinery, is turned off when not in use is a straightforward, easy way to reduce your consumption.
How can Beond help?
We are passionate about helping businesses become energy efficient, our experts are ready to support you. As part of eEnergy PLC, we can get knowledge from a range of energy experts to make you’re your business reaches its energy goals. Together we can determine a succession plan to reduce your carbon footprint and help you reach your net zero goals.
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