Home Energy Saving Tips
- Make the most use of natural light. Open curtains and blinds during daylight hours
- Replace any energy inefficient lights with LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes), especially where lights are on for long periods.
- Use the lowest wattage bulb required to meet the room’s lighting needs.
- Turn outside lights off when you’re not using them
- Choose light fittings that allow most of the light to pass through so less electricity can be used. Some light fittings can block 50% or more of the lights, especially those with coloured glass or fabric
- Use two way switches for lighting to make it easy to turn of the light when you are leaving the room
Devices and Appliances that have a standy-by light or a display or are hot to the touch use energy just by being plugged in.
- Keep your hot showers less than 10 minutes
- Get a hot water cylinder jacket.
- Insulate your immersion tank to keep your water hot for longer.
- Use cold water for most laundry loads, and always use cold water for the rinse cycle.
- Opt for solar water heating if solar energy is reliable
- Use a pressure cooker to cook your food saves you both time and energy as compared to normal cookers
- When making a cup of tea or coffee, only fill the kettle with as much water as you need.
- Use a pan that’s the right size for your cooking (bigger pans or sufurias use up more heat) and then put a lid on it so that it reduce heat lose thus saving on your gas or electricity
- Cooking Ware: Flat bottomed cookware allows for more contact with heating elements, which in turn more effectively heats your pan. A warped-bottom pot could take 50% more energy to boil water than its flat bottomed neighbors.Conductivity also matters. Copper bottomed pans heat up faster than regular pans, and in the oven glass or ceramic dishes are better than metal. In a glass or ceramic dish, you’ll be able to turn your oven down about 25 degrees and your meal will cook just as quickly.
- Turn your microwave off when you’re not using it.
- Don’t keep the oven door open for long while food is cooking.
Office, Commercial Buildings and Manufacturing Energy Saving Tips
Our energy experts offer a variety of green energy assessments. We would be delighted to discuss these with you further when you book your energy audit with us today.
Our energy assessment and audit services include:
- Targeted recommendations reports, detailing cost-effective measures which can improve facility’s energy performance.
- Energy usage auditing and analysis
- Expert advice on improvements to the energy efficiency of properties in relation to the Government’s Green Deal
- Expert advice on proper insulation to prevent heat loss in boilers, hot water systems and so on.
- Actionable proposals outlining the benefits of renewable heating technologies
- Heating requirement and performance audits, encompassing a review of boiler efficiency, size and recommendations for improvement or replacement, for example, biomass or ground-source heat pump systems.
- Renewable energy systems and site suitability assessments.
Employee engagement in energy efficiency can help change behaviour in the workplace, to reduce unnecessary energy consumption and cut your organisation’s cost. If your employees are not on board the energy saving plan then you will find it very difficult to achieve the energy saving goals: To encourage employees to walk the energy saving path you can:
- Have a Policy: Having an energy policy means having the senior management team write a statement (policy) that shows how committed they are in ensuring proper management of energy the impact it has on the environment. The processes are then established and the tasks used to identify and implement specific projects that help save energy.
- Implement employee engagement strategies and behaviour change programmes
- Use of graphical materials eg posters and signs to encourage and remind people to reduce energy wastage
Benefits of employee engagement
Employee engagement in energy efficiency and carbon reduction has many benefits:
- Energy savings: a well implemented employee engagement scheme can lead to energy savings of approximately 5%. Saving energy saves money and reduces an organisation’s carbon footprint.
- Employee satisfaction: participation in employee engagement schemes can make employees feel valued. Knowing that their organisation cares about sustainability can improve employee satisfaction and employee retention.
- Reputation: an employee engagement scheme around sustainability shows that an organisation cares about both its employees and the environment. This can improve an organisation’s reputation and improve employee attraction.
- Encourage your staff to use lights only when necessary. For instance, at times of low occupancy staff should only switch on the lights that they need rather than the whole floor area.
- Make it clear which lights should be left on and which can be off when not needed. For example, you might choose to light your main entrance continuously, but specify that the boardroom should only be lit when the room is in use.
- Use time switches and daylight sensors. These can help you to avoid leaving lights on throughout the night for security reasons, reducing energy consumption.
- Install energy efficient lights. For example, LED Lighting that use 80% less energy could replace fluorescent lights, CFLs, incandescent and so on
- Get an Energy Audit of your production processes to ensure that energy isn’t being wasted unecessarily
- Insulation jackets on gate valves and flanges can be a source of saving
- Use heat pumps to heat water for changing rooms and any other water heating requirement where water needs to be heated up to 60 degrees Celcius