Energy is becoming a major cost to business and one where costs are likely to continue in their recent upward spiral. Saving energy can not only show big “bottom line” benefits but also reduce carbon emissions and improve a company’s carbon footprint.
What is energy management?
Energy is generally taken to mean electricity, gas other fossil fuels or renewables and often includes water consumption too. “Energy management” is the process of monitoring, controlling, and conserving energy in a building or organisation. Typically this involves the following steps:
- Metering your energy consumption and collecting the data on usage. This can include the review of half-hourly data provided by energy suppliers together with any regular in-house meter readings.
- Identifying opportunities to save energy such as installing thermostats or timers, introducing high efficiency motors, upgrading lighting, improving insulation etc. Another often overlooked opportunity involves a review of shift patterns and equipment usage patterns to identify opportunities for a reduction in electrical maximum demand.
- Taking action to save energy by implementing the opportunities identified above.
- Keeping consumption under review to see how well your energy-saving efforts have worked.
- Additionally, companies should ensure they are not paying over the odds for their energy and should regularly compare prices with other suppliers.