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One of the easiest ways to reduce your costs is to save on the amount of energy you use. You would be surprised at how a few simple measure would help you reach your goal.
Simple ways to save energy
Saving energy is the easiest way for you to reduce costs. Even making minor adjustments to the way that your business uses energy can make significant savings. Taking regular meter readings will help you to understand how much energy your business is consuming, whilst a regular walk-round of your business premises can help to identify the areas where savings could be made.
Small changes make a big difference
You don't need to invest in expensive new technologies to lower your energy costs and reduce your carbon emissions. Here are some things you and your employees can do today, that could reduce your overall energy use by 10%. And the best bit is, they won't cost you a penny.
Measure how much energy you're using
Unless you know what you're paying, you won't know what impact the changes make. Keep track of your bills, and how they change when you introduce our energy-saving tips. Alternatively, why not install a Smart Meter?
Switch off equipment when you're not using it
A single computer and monitor left on 24 hours a day will cost over £50 a year. Switching it off out of hours and enabling standby features could reduce this to £15 a year each and prolong the lifespan of equipment.
Speak to your colleagues about saving energy
You need to lead by example, but it's also important to make it a team effort. Ask employees where they think energy is being wasted, and encourage them to think about how they can all use less.
Top Tips - Extra tips for industrial companies
Here are some tips specifically for businesses using any manufacturing or industrial processes, to help you save energy in three key areas:
Keep your motors maintained
If a motor isn't working at its most efficient, it can add 5% or more to your energy costs. So make sure yours are always well maintained. Also look at ways to reduce the energy consumption using Soft Starters.
Purchase high efficiency motors
When you next change your motor, replace it with a Higher Efficiency Motor. These can qualify for tax relief as part of the Enhance Capital Allowance scheme.
Use variable speed drives
Variable speed drives can reduce running costs by up to 30% when used with fans and pumps.
Find and fix leaks
Most businesses using compressed air can save up to 30% simply by fixing any leaks.
Try to lower the operating pressure
Reducing it by just 1 bar (15 psi) will save about 7% of the energy.
Ensure there is a good supply of cool air around the compressor
This will ensure it doesn't get overheated and use more energy than necessary.
Turn compressor installations off when not needed
Compressor installations are often left on when there is no demand for air (eg overnight). This wastes energy because power is being used to feed leaks. Even when off-loaded, compressors can consume up to 20-70% of their full load power.
Keep cold room doors closed
On average, it will cost you £6 every hour a freezer door stays open.
Check your door seals
A faulty door seal could increase power consumption by 11%.
Ensure your system is at the right temperature
If it's even 1°C lower than needed, your costs could rise by 2-4%.
Make sure condensers are clean
Dirty condensers can increase your costs by 26%.
Switch off internal lights when not in use
Ensure that internal lights in refrigerated spaces are switched off when not in use or outside of trading hours. This will save the energy consumed by the light itself as well as energy used to removed the excess heat.
Don't put too much refrigerant charge in
If it leaks it can increase your energy costs by over 10%, we can help you see where you are losing energy through leaks.
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