Energy management - a holistic approach
The increasing cost of gas and electricity is a concern for all businesses and, with the volatility in world markets, a predicted rise of some 30% in energy prices over the next five years might appear to be conservative.
Buying energy competitively is, of course, important but long-term savings will only come from becoming more energy efficient.
Taking a holistic approach to Energy management is the best way of Controlling and reducing energy consumption in an organization to reduce costs; reduce carbon emissions; and to ensure that business is not adversely affected by energy price increases or supply shortages. An average SME could expect to reduce their energy bills by some 18-25% by energy management and companies involved in manufacturing could save significantly more.
These savings could fund, in part or wholly, other energy efficiency projects.
Monitoring and targeting
Monitoring and targeting are the starting points in understanding how an organisation uses energy. It is based on the fundamental principle that ‘you cannot manage what you do not measure’. Data is gathered from energy meters and analysed to show how and where energy is being consumed and where there are opportunities to save energy.
There will be simple energy-saving opportunities that can be achieved by educating, and motivating, employees to change their behaviour. However, a more formal assessment based educational programmes may be required where the nature of the business is more complex. Specialist training companies will, of course, charge for these programmes.
Many companies, however, will also have a variety of equipment, or building-fabric-related energy-saving opportunities, and these will require a more significant capital investment.
Cost benefit analysis will allow you to prioritise, and evaluate, the areas to target first but consideration should always be given to ‘VOLTAGE OPTIMISATION’.
The National Grid supplies power at higher voltage than is necessary. This wastes energy; creates excessive carbon emissions; and results in higher than necessary electricity bills. It also increases wear, and reduces the lifespan, of electrical equipment.
Voltage Optimisation cleans and conditions incoming power supply, optimising the incoming voltage by a set amount to match the requirements of the electrical requirements on your site and will reduce annual energy consumption by an average of 8-10%. There is no financial risk attached to a voltage optimisation project.
All systems are backed by a 100% savings guarantee. The savings you are quoted will be the savings that you get.
Transform your business energy efficiency
Heating buildings accounts for nearly half of the energy used in the UK, and a third of its carbon emissions. Manufacturing companies could save 20% of their heating costs, or as much as 4% of their total energy bill, by being more efficient in the way they manage and operate their heating systems. Their processes often require premises to have high ceilings and good ventilation, with delivery doors often left open for convenience. All of these can lead to heat loss and inefficiency, wasting energy and money through the wide use of convective heating systems, such as ‘blown air’ heaters. Changing to radiant heating, where surfaces and workstations are heated directly - rather than the whole circulating air space being warmed - would reduce heat losses, and improve comfort, as there is more control over when the heat is on and where it is directed – the whole space need not be heated. Inefficient boilers, lighting and air conditioning are also a major source of energy waste and there are potential savings in these areas of between 10 to 30%.
Upgrading heating, lighting and industrial processes can transform the energy efficiency of a business.
Start taking control of your energy costs by allowing AHM to review your energy needs.