1. Reduce current energy consumption
Before you even think about this though you need to know and measure your energy consumption first. Everything we are about to discover flows from this!
You can read why your current energy consumption figures are so important here
One of the easiest ways to reduce consumption is to switch your current lighting to LED lighting and implement intelligent lighting controls ( sensors/ movement/PIR sensors/ dimming and daylight saving automated control systems)
Businesses can often save more than 70% of their current lighting costs in this way.
Lighting is a cost effective way to see a reduction in energy consumption immediately.
If you are interested in looking at your current lighting with a view to changing it you can find out more about lighting have a read of another blog of ours:
2. Produce ( Generate) Energy
Producing your own energy is easily accomplished by utilizing solar PV arrays ( usually roof-mounted).
The size of your system should be reflective of your actual use ( hence the need for your accurate consumption figures)
This will ensure you will pay for what you actually use.
In some circumstances, power generation can even become income-producing to the business if any excess power is fed back into the National Grid.
Additional benefits of generating your own energy are:
Less reliance on utility suppliers
A hedge against future price increases in energy particularly electricity
Maintenance of IT systems & comms for interrupted power supply.
3. Storing Energy
Storing energy for it to meet your operational requirements makes sense.
Many businesses operate in the evenings or early mornings.
Think of the solar PV system as a ‘battery charger’ that charges during daylight hours. The battery backup system will store this energy for when you require it.
It should be sized according to the Solar PV output and system size as well as according to your typical base and maximum loads.
Finally, three simple steps to many great benefits both now and in the future.
Three technologies working in harmony will help you to plan ahead and future proof your business.