Hire an environmental consultant (LEC for example) to get a tailor made view of where to achieve energy savings in your property.
This week we are looking at ways you can save energy whilst at work. Here are 3 tips that could help reduce waste and save energy.
Don't position thermostats near main entrances - any cold air entering the property will manipulate the temperature being recorded near the thermostat forcing the boiler to fire up unnecessarily.
This week our Energy Saving Tip is to make the switch to LED light bulbs. The average home has around 40 light sockets and by changing the bulbs you use you can make significant savings.
LED light bulbs have a 25,000 hour lifespan and they produce less heat. You could save £25 a year per bulb!
Have you insulated your hot water cylinder?
You can make more savings than you might think, especially if the cylinder is in a cooler spot on your house or office. By wrapping or lagging your cylinder you could save 4-9% on costs to heat your water. Insulation is inexpensive and easily available in DIY stores.
A forced air system is a pressure load system. By closing registers and vents you impact how the system moves air. This can cause the system to work harder and possibly even cause damage.
As the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) Phase 2 deadline approaches the Environmental Agency have named and shamed the companies who have been fined due to non-compliance. Fines shown on the report range from £1,500 to £45,000 and could have been easily avoided if sufficient planning and advice was sought from a Lead ESOS Assessor prior to the Phase 1 deadline.
Since the ban on incandescent lightbulbs in 2012, the way we shop for lightbulbs has changed. As low-wattage, energy efficient light bulbs like CFL’s and LED’s have become the norm, the focus has become less on wattage alone.
With energy efficient bulbs, lumens are a more accurate measurement to determine how bright the light will be. The table below shows the comparisons between lumens and watts for different bulb types.
The deadline for Phase 1 of the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme has passed, but now is the time to think about Phase 2.
Not all organisations were in Phase 1 of ESOS. This is because they did not meet the threshold criteria in either turnover or the number of employees. As ESOS looks at a two-year period of accounting, due to real and anticipated growth, many organisations will fall into Phase 2.
Pipes, gas lines and electrical cables that enter your property often have gaps around them that have been haphazardly filled with some kind of caulk. But the caulk eventually cracks, peels and falls off. These gaps let in outside air, plus they are ideal entry points for mice and insects. Seal gaps with expanding foam. For water pipes under the sink, unscrew and pull back the escutcheon ring, then caulk around the pipe. The ring is just decorative, you'll be surprised how big a hole there is behind.