Before you begin to implement any measures to reduce your energy consumption as a business, it’s important to understand how much energy you are currently using.
Here's our top 3 tips to help you save energy and money on water heating.
- Reduce your hot water consumption by installing tap aerators which can reduce the amount of water flow by up to 50%, whilst delivering sufficient hot water for your needs.
- Lowering the temperature of your hot water can reduce the amount of energy needed to heat it. A 10 degree reduction in water temperature can result in 3–5% reduction in energy consumption.
- A conventional hot water heater can make up to 12% of your monthly energy bill, consider installing solar water heaters.
An energy saving office can save up to 65% on its energy bills.
Heating and cooling use around 20% to 40% of a building’s energy. Boilers and chillers are not as efficient as they can be, due to being old. Replacing your old boilers and chillers with new, modern versions can help to reduce the overall energy use of the building quite substantially.
A new condensing boiler can operate at highly improved efficiency, at about 95% whereas a conventional boiler will have an efficiency of only 80%.
Building Energy Management System (BEMS) offer a number of energy saving benefits. These include:
- Improved plant control
- Monitoring energy usage
- Optimising plant operating times
This can help you to achieve savings of anything up to 30% by installing and maintaining an effective BEMS.
Effectively managing BEMS clock schedules will ensure plant is not running overnight. Some of the easiest energy savings can be made through effectively managing BEMS time clock schedules on weekends or on bank holidays.
LEC are proud to announce that they have become an accredited Continuing Professional Development (CPD) provider, having recently achieved CPD status. This status means LEC can now offer presentations on Overheating, Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) and BREEAM.
This week’s energy saving tips will not only help to keep you cool at home and in the office, but will also help you to make savings on your energy bill.
Sergey Barekyan, Associate Director for Low Energy Consultancy, recently qualified as a BREEAM Accredited Professional (AP), this is in addition to his current BREEAM assessor accreditation. Adam Alexander, LEC Managing Director said: ‘‘Well done Sergey, LEC continues to enhance our client’s compliance ease for BREEAM and all things sustainable’
BREEAM (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method) sets the standards for best practise in sustainable design and specification for non-domestic buildings.
Outdoor lighting is an excellent way of highlighting your business or home after dark. It can provide both security and atmosphere depending on your needs. However to save energy do you need to have your lighting on all night? Timers can provide the answer. It’s important to ensure your timer is correct and if it doesn’t automatically update to take account of daylight saving then you need to be ready for when the clocks change!
There should be a regular filter changing regime in the office and generally they should be inspected and replaced accordingly every 3 months.
A clean air intake filter means cleaner air is being recycled throughout the office. The system will not have to work as hard pulling in air through a clean filter which means it will last longer.
This can give savings of around 5% on heating and cooling costs.