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There’s a reason we’re ideally placed to help you manage your energy use. After all, we don’t just supply energy – we use it ourselves. And we’ve been using the Energy Toolkit to help us reduce the amount of energy we use across all of our sites since 2008.
Take a look at how the Energy Toolkit has helped us make savings at two of our main UK locations – Phoenix Centre and Newstead Court in Nottingham.
At Phoenix Centre we’ve introduced a number of technologies to help us save energy. In 2008 we rolled out software to automatically switch off unused PCs, then in 2009 we consolidated our IT data servers and installed a combined heating and power (CHP) generator. Then in June 2012 we fitted low-energy LED lighting throughout the building. Check the bar chart and analysis to see how the savings added up.
We installed desktop software to automatically switch off non–critical PCs outside core office hours.
Fitting an advanced unit to combine our heat and power generation enabled us to use fuel far more efficiently, recycling thermal energy that is usually wasted.
By consolidating our IT data services, we were able run services without energy-hungry air conditioning units, making some great savings.
Low-energy LED lighting is installed though the building, leading to a big drop in the amount of energy we use at this site.
In 2008 we used 2,518,990 kWh
In 2012 we used 1,393,595 kWh
Difference of 1,125,395 kWh
Saving around 501 tonnes of CO2.
Carbon Reduction Commitment cost of £6012.*
At Newstead Court the amount of energy we’ve been using has decreased too, thanks to similar initiatives. New LED lighting, reduction of air conditioning use, PC energy saving software and passive infrared sensors (PIR) have all helped to lower energy consumption, as shown in the bar chart and analysis below.
Since we began a series of energy-saving initiatives in 2008, we’ve seen a difference in usage of 289,953 kWh up to the end of 2012. And you can be sure we’re not stopping there.
A simple but effective plan – we decided to reduce the hours that we use air conditioning by up to 4 hours a day.
We fitted passive infrared sensors (PIRs) to areas like toilets, stairwells and office floors, so that lights only stay on when and where people use these areas.
Low-energy LED lighting is installed though the building – as with Phoenix Centre, we found the majority of savings came from this move.
In 2008 we used 1,990,844 kWh
In 2012 we used 1,700,891 kWh
Difference of 289,953 kWh
Saving around 129 tonnes of CO2
Carbon Reduction Commitment cost of £1548*
kWh’s based on metered half-hourly consumption for the years shown.
CO2 saving based on 1 kWh = 0.44548 kgCO2e per unit (figure taken from the Carbon Trust: Conversion Factors – Energy and carbon conversions (2013 update).
CRC cost based on tonnes of CO2 x £12 (figure taken from the Carbon Trust: CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme).
The first step in managing your energy use is understanding it.
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