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Energy Efficiency

It’s important! However, we understand that having to think about reducing your energy consumption can be quite daunting. What will I save? Is it worth the effort? What difference does it actually make? A report published by Unilever in 2017 indicates that one third of consumers are showing preference to sustainable focused brands, ‘that are doing social or environmental good.’ Meanwhile helping the planet and your own pocket?! Plus, pennies really do make pounds, and depending on the type of appliances you use, changing how you use them could amount to great annual savings!

Below I have laid out a few tips to get you well on your way to becoming more energy efficient. Remember wherever there are energy savings, as well as monetary savings, it takes some of the demand away from our lovely planets resources too. We are in the energy industry; it makes sense for us to know our stuff!

A Place to Start – Be Smart

What’s all the fuss about? A Smart Meter is a way to monitor and save on your energy consumption. state ‘It supports the development of a smarter, more flexible grid’. They typically record energy usage hourly and report this data back to your supplier at least daily saving you having to go into a dusty cupboard to read it, easy peasy!

How will this help me?

It clarifies your bills,  making them more accurate, reflecting your actual consumption rather than using estimated reads predicted by the energy industry which may not be in-line with your actual bill – Remember it’s still good practice to check your bill when you receive it incase an estimated read slips through! Smart Meters can help identify peaks in usage so you can understand how and when you use energy, whilst also improving safety by highlighting functional issues such as faulty equipment, changes in pressure and leaks. Understanding how to make the most of your Smart Meter will help you  make changes to become more energy efficient, plus it saves you having to remember to send reads to your supplier. Time, energy and cost savings, perfect!

If you can see statistics showing peak times of usage you can work out which of your appliances are the most guilty culprits for high energy bills. If you do decide to replace equipment head to the Energy Savings Trust website  where you will see their ‘Approved’ ‘Endorsed’ and ‘Verified by’ stickers that can be found on products and websites, so that you know you’re purchasing the most efficient products such as fridge freezers, dish washers and ovens etc.

That’s Just a Waste of Energy - Switch Off

With gas, this is simple; it’s usually turned on or off; such as using a hob to cook on. Gas is predominately used for space and water heating in both domestic and commercial markets, so it is crucial that this is on a carefully managed timer and the thermostat is adjusted to maintain temperature and never be on for longer periods than necessary. Thermostatic Radiator Valves can help with this; they read the temperature of a room and adjust hot water flow accordingly. This mean it only uses the amount of hot water it needs, leaving the remaining heated water free to be used on demand, and several different rooms can be kept at different temperatures according to your needs.

Electricity can be a tad more complicated as certain lights and equipment need to be left on to light displays, avoid losing data, or create a lengthy/problematic start up the next day. This is why the concentration should be placed on switching everything else that it is possible, OFF! This must be done at the plug, as otherwise, it can still be drawing energy from the grid even while on standby. Research has shown this could account for as much as 5% of the energy consumed annually! This is especially relevant for equipment like laptops, for example; a power cable transformer (the black box on the charger cord for laptops) job is to draw in electricity so it makes sense that it continues to do this, but when not in use that energy has nowhere to go and is wasted; money for old rope as they say.

Dependent on area, there are currently 175 different government schemes available for grants to help with Energy Efficiency projects; Take a look and see what help you could receive to be Greener.

LED Lighting (Light Emitting Diode)

These use LESS energy to provide MORE light than conventional lightbulbs, who’d have thought it?! Where possible try not to go for super bright LED’s which will inevitably draw more power from the grid. Again, there are grants and schemes available if you wish to switch to LED lighting. Have you considered it?

There’s a spark Between Us!

Have you considered generating your own energy? Using Solar PV Panels: CNG can help to put you in touch with experts in all things solar. We can offer free consultations to find out if your site is compatible, you will begin saving on your electricity costs soon after installation!

In short, there are plenty of options when it comes to improving the efficiency of your business. Do not feel helpless when it comes to energy; give CNG a call if you are unsure or need any advice at all. Power Up and take control of your energy bill!