Energy Management is the practice of optimising your electrical installation to minimise waste and inefficiency and is one of the best ways to reduce both your running costs and carbon footprint, whilst ensuring you have permanent access to the energy you need.
Why it’s important
- Reduce costs – on average energy represents 25% of all operating costs in an office building
- Reduce risk – the more energy you consume, the greater the risk that energy price increases or supply shortages can seriously affect your profitability
- Reduce carbon footprint.
- Improve energy quality > improve equipment life < energy consumption
Energy management planning is about maximising long-term sustainability through strategic planning that aims to reduce energy consumption, energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
For several organisations’ energy is the second largest expense, so it’s critical.
There are 5 important steps to consider in order to achieve effective energy management:
Measure and Benchmark current energy consumption.
- The first step in the process is to establish a baseline against which all future reductions can be measure and compared.
- This can be achieved by reviewing the businesses utility bills, energy consumption and emissions, or by;
- Performing an energy audit
- Using this information, you can create an energy use profile to see how energy is distributed amongst building systems. For example – heating, lighting, water, refrigeration, office equipment etc.
Prioritise strategic energy initiatives
- Using the data from the energy assessment above, facilities and energy managers must prioritise what to act on.
- If the focus is on cost over conservation, then the payback period and ROI (Return on investment) will drive decisions. An example here would be to upgrade your office lighting to efficient LED lighting
- If the focus is on conservation over cost, then initiatives that reduce the carbon footprint should be the first priority regardless if the payback period is longer. An example for this scenario could be a solar upgrade for a warehouse to bring it off the grid. It really depends on the end goal.
Plan for funding
- Raising funding for energy conservation measures is important and there are many options for financing a plan. With access to financial incentives provided by the Government, facilities and energy managers should have a system in place to ensure they are receiving all of the available renewable energy credits and financial incentives they are entitled to.
Execute and communicate the plan
- Planning is key to energy conservation and executing the plan is vital to deriving the most benefit both environmentally and financially.
- Energy Management involves initiatives that optimise the consumption of energy for a business. 9 times out of 10 the discussions involve electrical energy, and this is why its important to include a competent commercial electrician in these discussions.
- With sustainable initiatives it’s important to derive the most benefit whilst minimising disruption to the day to day activities of the business.
- A good commercial electrician can do so, either by work in a live-environment or by carrying out infrastructure upgrades outside normal business hours.
- Speak with us at Rotric and we can develop a customised approach that considers your business’ needs.
Maintain the energy strategy and build upon success
- Maintaining strategic energy reduction efforts is a critical but often overlooked part of the plan
- Its important to have an ongoing monitoring and measuring system in place to ensure the energy targets are met and if they are not met to identify the causes of the shortcomings.
- As with all sustainable efforts, the notion of continual improvement is there and so it’s critical for the facilities manager or energy manager to keep update and across the rapid innovation and new technologies always entering the market.
For further information on how to improve energy management at your workplace, speak to us at Rotric.