Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
You can't manage what you don't measure. So, to find out how much energy your business wastes and how much money you can save, you need to monitor your energy use.
Take regular meter readings and compare consumption to previous months. Remember:
Plotting these against each other will help you spot where you can make changes. Simple changes can often result in major savings. For example, you could identify equipment that's not used at weekends and make sure it's switched off on Friday evenings.
There are many types of advanced metering systems available. These can give you a detailed picture of energy use within your business - far beyond that offered by the basic meter provided by your energy supplier. These include:
Smart electricity and gas meters are being introduced which will help businesses and consumers cut their bills. Smart meters give live readings and comparisons which show you instantly how much energy you're using. This will mean you can tailor your consumption to take advantage of cheaper rates for off-peak usage. Readings are also automatically sent to the supplier - so bills will always be accurate.
It's expected that over the next ten years all businesses and homes will have a smart meter installed. With some suppliers already advertising these types of meter, there are opportunities to take advantage of this technology now.
A good way to assess your business' energy use is to carry out a walk-round survey. This will help you spot equipment and processes that are inefficient.
Zero Waste Scotland has produced a series of free, online training modules for SMEs. The training will help develop the skills and knowledge needed to put in place effective resource efficiency measures in your business. They deal with energy, waste and water efficiency. You can work through them at your own speed, choosing the modules that are relevant to your business.
How to monitor your energy use
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