Energy Goals 101 – Saving Goals

Hi folks, I’m Jon Mullen the Energy Evangelist. 

There are two broad ways of saving business energy. There is energy efficiency and the other is energy conservation. Both of these roughly equate to the same goal which is paying less on your energy bills.

However, they are put into practice in different ways.

Energy efficiency is when you upgrade your equipment, such as changing to LED lights (which can save 75% on your lighting costs), or adding additional insulation into your roof space, changing your boiler for a newer more efficient boiler, or it might simply be replacing your kettle with a new thermos kettle which shows the current water temperature. This requires investment, but less effort in the long term.

On the other side of the coin energy conservation Involves a change in behaviour to use less energy. This has the potential to save more energy, but requires a greater commitment from everyone in the business (especially the management team). Simple examples are turning off equipment overnight, turning down the thermostat, or leaving lights off for longer. Complex examples could be a time and motion analysis of your business manufacturing systems.

If you have an audit of your business processes to help reduce energy wastage, it may result in a combination of investing in systems efficiency and working differently to conserve energy.

To create a goal you need to know where you have come from. So the simplest starting point is to have an energy audit to measure where you are now, and then you can show how you are progressing, and prove what is happening over the long term.

But that’s enough info for today.

I’m Jon Mullen the Energy Evangelist.

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