Sam’s team at IMServ (http://www.imserv.com/)
“Energy prices have risen by approximately 58% since 2010 (http://talkbusinessmagazine.co.uk/
“The number one priority is to ensure businesses select the most appropriate energy supply package suitable for their needs,” advises Sam. “Not all business requirements are the same, with different views on long term stability and risk, affecting energy supply and management choices.”
“Analysis shows that businesses can typically save up to 17% overall by implementing a hands on monitoring, visualisation and control energy focus.”
1. Appropriate Lighting: Simple changes such as the addition of LED lighting to office buildings can deliver significant energy and cost savings. Businesses could also install light sensors to control usage, this works in a similar way to street lighting by switching on and off automatically, fading and getting brighter. Most importantly switch off all unnecessary lights when staff leave the office, a simple cost saving tip that could save approximately 15% on average (http://www.sustainable-
2. Meter energy consuming ‘hot spots’: Businesses can’t monitor what they can’t measure, making transparency of metering data both powerful and effective. Sub-metering energy monitoring systems enable businesses to accurately see what their energy usage is and where. This can enable correct apportionment of energy to tenants or cost centre owners if required, reducing consumption effectively through awareness.
3. Utilise Building Energy Management Systems (known in the market as BEMS or BMS): These systems monitor and control the building’s mechanical and electrical equipment to ensure energy is being used efficiently and effectively. Changes to in-house controls and environments are made to ensure that all systems are working at an optimum level. In addition, systems supported by a proactive Energy Bureau can maintain employee engagement bringing substantial benefits and savings. Support of a Bureau Team will also ensure that energy surges, spikes and patterns in usage are monitored on the customers behalf.
4. Energy performance contracting (EPC): An internationally-
5. Empower your employees: The simplest way to change attitudes is presenting your employees with hard facts. By utilising innovative and dynamic dashboards, an interactive visual tool that enables the display of your energy and data in a user friendly and easy-to-understand format, you can see the over-usage points and also shout about your energy and cost saving successes. This is the key to educating stakeholders and employees, raising energy awareness and changing behaviour.
6. Heating: Substantial savings can be made by ensuring your heating systems are working efficiently, and maintained correctly. There are a few simple tips that are worth remembering. Don’t overheat the building, by lowering the temperature by just 1°C your annual heating bill could be reduced by up to 8%. Have your heating system regularly maintained and replace inefficient boilers.
7. Cooling and Ventilation:
Sam concluded, “Strengthening energy saving strategies and policies by implementing a measurable energy saving programme will allow businesses to make informed decisions about their energy use, controlling carbon, saving energy and reducing cost. IMServ typically find that companies adopting these tips as a part of their energy strategy typically achieve reductions of between 10-17%, providing direct savings on their bills” 1.