Mr. Moffitt’s Profits Times – December 2016
EON Energy have 10 top tips to show your employees or colleagues how they can make a big difference to your business energy bill and your bottom line: https://www.eonenergy.com/for-your-business/small-to-medium-energy-users/saving-energy/business-energy-saving-guide
It is wise for engineering and manufacturing firms to have a comprehensive shutdown / start-up plan with a detailed checklist. The savings example above is from an engineering client.
A sample (simple) checklist from Resource Efficient Scotland is shown on: http://www.resourceefficientscotland.com/sites/default/files/Festive%20period%20shutdown%20checklist_0.pdf
Effective Christmas Shutdown = Effective Savings
The Carbon Trust has some very useful advice on: https://www.carbontrust.com/news/2012/12/energy-saving-advice-for-businesses-over-christmas/
1. Switch off the lights: Christmas lighting and normal lighting both contribute hugely to office energy consumption. For example: lighting an average small office overnight wastes enough energy to heat water for 1,000 cups of coffee. Turn off all non-essential lighting when there is low occupancy in the office and your company could make significant savings.
2. Turn down the thermostat: Heating accounts for 20-40% of energy costs in a typical office environment, which means there are big savings to be made. Reducing heating temperatures by just 1ºC can cut fuel consumption by 8%. When all your employees have gone home for Christmas, turn your heating down until it’s just high enough to prevent frost. That’s all you need over the holidays if no-one is in the office.
3. Shut down non-essential equipment: A single monitor and computer left on 24 hours a day will cost around £45 a year. Multiply that by the number of computers your business has to understand how much it could be costing you. Make sure that all employees switch their computers off before leaving for the holidays and you could start saving. A photocopier left on overnight uses enough energy to make over 5,000 A4 copies. By switching laser printers off in the evenings and at weekends, energy consumption can be reduced by 75%. If the monitor is also turned off when not being used (including lunchtimes, etc), and the standby options are activated, energy consumption can be reduced by 90% per year.
4. Don’t forget less obvious energy wasters: Fridges, kettles and microwaves can all be unplugged over Christmas if nobody is using them. Fax machines can be diverted so that only one machine needs to be left on over the holidays. Do a walk-round of your office and see what other non-essential electrical items you might have overlooked.