We provide sustainable energy solutions designed to help meet the specific needs and ambitions of businesses, who are keen to build resilience and growth in a manner which is strategic, responsible and durable.
In order to improve at anything, you need to make an honest assessment of where you’re at now. That means analysing your expenditure on gas and electricity and gathering data on how it fluctuates from day to day and week to week.
In many ways the more historical data you have, the easier it is to see the patterns in your business. Once you’ve got to grips with usage figures, you need to work out what all that energy is for.
Energy is used for a wide variety of things in business. The most common things are heating and lighting and running the machinery and equipment your business requires. Once you understand why you need it and how you use it, it’s easier to work out how you can use less.
For example, it’s not uncommon to see lights or equipment left on when they aren’t being used, or heating that’s still on even when the windows are open. Our ‘walk-around’ checklist can help you assess how your business uses energy.
Energy management is everybody’s business too. It’s worth conducting a staff awareness study and engaging them early so that they help with your efforts.
Depending on the size of your organisation, a formal energy audit by an experienced and qualified expert may be required. The Carbon Trust’s Guide to conducting energy surveys provides guidelines that you’ll find useful.
There are many resources available from organisations like energy companies and the Carbon Trust that you can use to help shape your policies.
What’s vital, however, is that you quickly build a picture of your current situation, that you rate how well you’re doing and you set clear targets for improvement. Once you’ve done that, you can create a definite plan and get it underway.
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