Building Maintenance Services

Energy Saving in the UK

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Saving energy is one of the easiest ways for you to cut costs. Even making small changes to the way that your business uses energy can mean big savings.

To understand how much energy your business is using and where the biggest savings could be made, we can undertake a low cost assessment using measuring equipment to accurately measure usage and potential savings. To help you start saving money, here are our top tips for no and low cost measures which are easy to carry out.

Involve your staff. The most effective energy saving programmes involve everybody within a business.

Savings of 5 to10 percent are common – often through employees suggesting and implementing measures.

Control your heating. Try to reduce heating temperatures in the winter by one degree, as this can cut your heating bill by up to 8 per cent. Conversely, in summer, increase the set point for your air conditioning. Ensure that thermostats are accurate by positioning them away from draughts and direct sunlight. For more advice please ask us.

Avoid wasting heat. Keep doors and windows closed when heating or air conditioning is running.

Fitting draught excluders and making sure your premises are well insulated should be very cost effective, with short payback times. The Carbon Trust’s guides CTL062, CTL063 and CTL064 contain further information on draft-proofing and insulation.

Minimise artificial lighting. By keeping windows and skylights clean, you can cut the amount you spend on lighting. If you are only working in one part of a room, isolate the lights to that area only.

Make sure switches are labelled so staff only turn on the lights they need. You could also consider installing presence and daylight sensors to turn the lights on and off automatically and replace older lighting with modern LED technology. We offer free advice on the best solution for you as well as calculating the savings you will make and advising you on the grants available.
Fitting solar panels. By fitting solar panels you not only generate energy but you make money. PV  (photovoltaic) panels generate electricity from sunlight and when connected to the national grid generate an income for every KWH of electricity produced. Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) became available in Great Britain on 1st April 2010. Under this scheme energy suppliers have to (compulsory for the big six suppliers) make regular payments to householders, businesses and communities who generate their own electricity from renewable or low carbon sources such as solar electricity panels (PV) or wind turbines.

Solar water heating systems use free heat from the sun to pre warm hot water supplies. A conventional boiler or immersion heater is then used to make the water hotter, or to provide hot water when solar energy is unavailable. More information is available at www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Generate-your-own-energy.

We again offer free advice on the best solution for you as well as calculating the money you will make and advising you on the grants available.
Important. Maintain your equipment. One common factor across all the measures above is the need to maintain your equipment to make sure it’s operating efficiently. This can range from cleaning light fittings and windows, to keeping ventilation and compressed air filters clean, to checking door seals and repairing holes and leaks.