Prepare now, save later

Rachel Scott, Utilitywise

Four reasons summer is the perfect time to start saving energy.

  • Warmer weather. Have your heating and ventilation system serviced while you’re not using it and make sure your system will be running as efficiently as possible through the winter. The more efficient the heating and ventilation system is, the more money you should save.
  • Longer days. More daylight means your lighting costs are lower. Invest the money you save on new energy efficient light fittings. Get a lighting assessment from an accredited energy surveyor to ensure you get a good payback period. Any NICEIC registered electrical contractor qualified to 17th Edition BS7671 should be able to advise you.
  • You can retrofit after hours. Business downtime is unaffordable in the current economic climate. It's hard to take a break – not even for energy efficiency upgrades. That means retrofitting out of trading hours. Retrofitting out of hours can run expensive in the winter, as artificial lighting and heating must be provided in order to complete complex projects. Fortunately, extra daylight in summer means businesses can retrofit cheaply as well as safely. However expensive summer projects look, you can bet they’re cheaper than their winter equivalents.
  • It's a chance to develop long-term energy strategies. Energy prices are going to continue creeping up, so energy efficiency should be a priority for your business. It’s easy to view things like air conditioning inspections and EPC assessments as unnecessary red tape, but they can form the basis of your energy management strategy and help your business make savings no matter how much the energy market fluctuates.
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