Other measures

More ideas to improve your energy efficiency.

Practical tips for energy saving areas and situations you might find in your business:

  • Clean and maintain your refrigeration – the coils which eject heat from the refrigeration system should be clean and have good access to a free flow of fresh air. Make sure units are serviced regularly and defrost cooling coils as soon as there’s any frost build up. Also, when temperature requirement is relatively high, consider cooling with ambient air.
  • If you’re not using something, switch it off – it’s common to find factory equipment ‘free wheeling’ between useful operation times. Encourage workers to switch equipment off if it’s not being used immediately – especially at breaks and lunch times.
  • Variable smoke and dust extraction – ventilation systems which have to cope with emissions from a number of machines can benefit from a variable speed fan system where pressure and volume are regulated to match the use of the machinery.
  • Choose office equipment well – in the office, before you choose computers and screens, check their efficiency ratings – taking time to do this will have a long term influence on your overall running costs. Newer computer processors and flat screens run more efficiently than older ones, so as well as specifying speed and performance, look out for energy efficiency too.
  • Measure and compare – one thing that’s common to improving the efficiency of all equipment is to know what energy it uses and what savings can be made if you use it differently. Key to this is monitoring use and comparing it with alternative equipment or ways of operating. You can use various types of metering, either logging your energy use automatically or simply taking manual readings. It really does help in understanding how you use energy and how you can save money.