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3 painless ways to optimise energy and reduce business costs

1st March 2018

Our energy efficiency tips can save businesses up to £5,000, but if you want to take your energy efficiency to the next level an energy audit could help you achieve even more.

There are three types of energy audit available, ranging from a DIY approach to a full technical analysis by an energy expert. Each of these audits will give you insight into how to identify inefficiencies and lower operational costs.

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Want to do it yourself and save time? This audit can be done at your desktop and involves analysis of your premises, including consumption, floor size and output.

A desktop audit is something you can simply do yourself using a checklist an industry expert has put together, or by employing your supplier or broker to do the work for you. The advice might include reducing your overall energy consumption by moving some of your usage to cheaper periods (this is called load shifting).

EPC Certificate

Ask an accredited commercial energy assessor to rate your building’s energy efficiency on an A-G scale, and you’ll receive a certificate displaying the result. An EPC energy audit includes an estimate of the costs, the number of years until it is paid back, and the potential savings you’ll make.

The type of assessor you’ll need depends on the complexity and features of the building – but don’t worry, the Government provides advice on getting the right assessor.

Ratings last for 10 years, so make sure yours isn’t coming to the end of its life – the consumption patterns and energy efficiency of a building can change, and new measures may be available too.

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This type of energy audit will look at the investment case for upgrading or modernising your assets, so that your business can ensure savings in the long term. For example, a cheaper motor may cost you less initially, but work out more expensive for your business over the long term due to its inefficiency and higher running costs.

The audit will consider the efficiency of your motors, machinery and generators – and at your asset replacement programme (if you have one). A technical audit can vary in duration from a few hours to a few days, depending on the size of your business and amount of equipment you have.

Some organisations may simply remove items after a specified period and install like-for-like replacements – without seeing whether improved versions are available. If this is the case, the auditor may look for newer and more efficient versions of the asset and/or make the review more frequent.

A technical energy audit will also investigate the efficiency of the control systems in place within these assets, and consider improving them.

Haven Power offers a range of energy audit options and has the capacity to offer you solutions tailored to your business that can reduce your costs. To find out more, please complete our contact form.

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