We spoke with Inenco’s Head of Client Solutions, Lorcan Anglin, about what businesses can do to mitigate rising energy prices and streamline their energy usage.
Q. Where do businesses start?
A. If you are not measuring then you are not managing, it’s that simple. So first you’ll need a baseline to measure your energy efficiency efforts from and then you can decide what the larger areas of consumption are and get them measured to the relevant level of detail.
This can be decided by how often the consumption varies and does that detail allow measurement of the variation. The data will provide you with visibility of what is possible and on an ongoing basis and how successful any actions have been.
Q. What next?
A. Start with the low hanging fruit. You can save thousands of pounds in consumption per annum from minor changes around the business, from changing your lighting to LED lights to switching off computer equipment and more.
Slight changes around your business can make a significant difference on your energy bill and with the correct policies in place, this can improve not only your energy management but your business’ long term energy aims. This may also mean addressing a wider approach to energy management including adjusting when you consume energy, as well as how much you use.
For those organisations caught by the Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme (ESOS), the recommendations produced as part of the audit will have uncovered multiple opportunities to reduce consumption. The next phase of ESOS must be completed by December 2019; using this next ESOS exercise to identify and then to act on these opportunities to save energy in parallel with the ESOS Assessment will easily cover the cost of compliance and unlock additional savings.
Q.What controls can businesses utilise to help with energy management?
A. Controls can help have a significant impact on the way you manage and consume energy as a business. Having a BMS (Business Management System) in place to help control and monitor your buildings equipment consumption such as your lighting, power and fire systems to name a few, can be very beneficial and are a critical component to managing energy demand.
The automation that can be applied to a variety of equipment within your business means that energy usage can be automatically reduced with devices such as motion sensors for lighting.
Identifying savings opportunities is an ongoing process and can also be done through Metering Monitoring and Targeting (MMT) or through energy surveys. The purpose is to relate your consumption data to the appropriate energy drivers in such a way to get a better understanding of how it is used, for example signs of avoidable waste.
Q. What else can businesses use to aid their overall energy reduction plans?
A. Today, businesses need to not only reduce their consumption but also understand that it’s not all about how much energy is used but also when it is used.
Changes to network charges (the ‘red’, ‘amber’ and ‘green’ zones) means businesses could now be paying more for the energy they consume – and during winter months, peak avoidance is crucial to minimising capacity market and Triad costs. Reviewing your load profile and assessing it against these updated charges should be a crucial exercise for organisations with a half hourly meter.
Load management can also generate new revenue streams: businesses with half-hourly (HH) meters can choose to participate in the Demand Side Response (DSR) Scheme, opting to turn consumption up or down (or even switch to on-site generation) to help keep the network balanced. There are multiple options available, based on how quickly your site can respond. See how your business can take action through Demand Side Response here.
Inenco has helped a variety of businesses with their energy management from intelligent demand management to optimisation, delving deeper into your usage data, identifying exactly when, where and how energy is being used. If you’d like to speak to an expert about your business’ energy management call us on 08451 46 36 26 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.