Your business probably takes steps to manage most overheads. But what about energy? Many businesses view energy as a fixed cost they can’t control - but it can be successfully managed and reduced through energy efficiency. In this section you will find an overview of what you can do to manage energy and reduce costs in your business.
Some industries are naturally more energy-intensive than others. If you run a manufacturing operation or truck fleet for example, energy will account for a higher proportion of costs than if you’re a commercial tenant using only electricity. But regardless of your sector or size, becoming aware of how you use energy, and taking steps to become more efficient, can bring numerous benefits.
How can I gain from energy efficiency?
- Reduce costs – typically, energy costs can be reduced by at least 20% - the first 10% for little or no up-front cost. With a systematic energy management programme you could cut energy costs by as much as a third. These savings go straight to the bottom line, strengthening your business.
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions – energy efficiency is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Switching to renewable energy can help you reduce emissions even more. Find out more.
- Increase productivity and competitiveness – cutting energy waste means you’re doing more with less. Reducing operating costs frees up capital for other key activities, such as business development.
- Enhance brand and reputation – running an energy-efficient operation or using renewable energy can improve relationships with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders.
- Improve staff wellbeing – evidence shows people working in energy efficient environments are often more comfortable and productive, because workspaces are lit appropriately and are not too hot or cold.
Start managing energy
Managing energy isn’t difficult or expensive. You can get started straight away. Taking the time to develop and put in place a long-term programme will ensure the benefits accrue year-on-year. As energy costs increase, so does the return on an energy management programme.
Getting started - committing to energy efficiency - learn how to get your business on board with energy efficiency and embed good practice, long-term.
Energy use in buildings - lighting, heating, cooling and air-conditioning are significant energy costs for most businesses. Find out how to manage and reduce these.
Managing plant and equipment - from heavy industrial plant to IT, find out how to manage and reduce the energy consumption of your equipment.
Transport energy - transport fuel is a substantial energy cost and source of greenhouse gas emissions for many businesses. Find out how to improve fuel efficiency. (LINK)
Help from EECA
Download our detailed two-part Energy Management Guide for step-by-step help with setting up your programme.
Part 1: Setting up an energy management programme
Part 2: Key aspects of implementing an energy management programme
Guide: Monitoring and targeting
Take control of your business' energy use by monitoring energy and targeting savings opportunities.
Guide: Staff awareness and motivation
A step-by-step guide to setting up an awareness and motivation programme to gain staff support and buy-in.