Ten Ways To Reduce Energy Costs
1. Switch it off Systems
This is one essential key element of any energy management programme that delivers the fastest payback.
Create your own staff energy saving awareness campaign.
2. Check your bills
Are you on the correct tariff, have your historic invoices included the right amounts for seasonal rates, DUoS / TuOS, CCL, Fits etc.
You may be due a refund of overcharges from your current or previous supplier and you can go back six years – but only if you claim them!
3. Switch to LED Lighting Systems
Switching to LED based lighting is quick and generally very easy to implement.
This can produce electrical savings of up to 80% and increase longevity.
4. Variable Speed Drives
Retrofitting Variable Speed Drives (VSD's) to existing equipment helps to optimise the voltage and frequency of electrical supply.
This allows the motor speed to be better matched to the required task.
5. Switch to High Efficiency Motors
The annual cost of energy to run a motor can be up to 10 times the purchase cost.
It is worth considering IE4 Super Premium Efficiency motors as part of your replacement strategy.
6. Compressed Air Leak Detection
Compressed air is a valuable resource but energy accounts for circa 75% of system lifetime costs.
Leakage rates for un-managed systems can be as high as 40% to 50%. Use an ultrasonic gun to detect your leaks and repair them.
7. Building Controls
Computer controlled Building Management Systems (BMS's) control and monitor a building's mechanical and electrical equipment such as ventilation, lighting, power systems, fire systems, and security systems.
A BMS can manage up to 95% of a building's energy consumption without the need for major equipment installation.
8. Intelligent Lighting Controls
Occupancy sensors can reduce electricity use by 30% by dimming or switching off lighting when a room is unoccupied.
Daylight sensors adjust the lighting operation according to the amount of natural light in a room and can reduce electricity use by up to 40%.
9. Voltage Optimisation (VO)
Voltage Optimisation involves installing Transformer based technology to reduce energy consumption in voltage dependent loads.
This is achieved by optimising incoming voltage levels for a whole site or for individual electrical applications.
10. Combined Heat & Power (CHP)
A system that converts a single fuel source into both electricity and heat and is highly energy efficient.
Suitable for organisations that use large amounts of electricity and heat.