The current situation

Rising energy prices in recent months continue to put pressure on the profitability of the business. In particular, price volatility is a challenge and will remain so in the medium to long term.

While businesses can’t control market prices, it’s easy to reduce energy costs through immediate and low-cost energy efficiency measures.

However, knowing where and how to start can be a challenge.

The first step is to have visibility of energy performance, and integrating energy data in one place is the way to do this.

Here are 4 energy saving tips that will help you reduce energy costs immediately.

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Bring together energy data from grid operators

A network operator, or sometimes called a distribution system operator (DSO), is a legal entity that provides the link between energy producers and consumers.

It is responsible for the safe and reliable operation of the electricity and gas network infrastructure.

One of its main activities is the installation of smart meters and the collection of consumption data.

It also provides this data if the building owner requests access to it.

Each network operator has a different policy on how to provide this data.
Some are free and easy to manage, while others make the process more complicated.

However, our experience shows that energy data from a portfolio located in Europe can be easily integrated through grid operators.

Further reading: How Distribution System Operator helps to reach energy efficiency

Benchmark your sites

The energy consumption of similar buildings can vary greatly depending on how efficiently they are used.

Consider two shops that are similar in size, turnover and number of employees, but one of them has its heating and cooling systems running 24 hours a day.

If you add up the consumption data for these two buildings, you will see that one uses much more than the other.

This comparison is very useful for identifying the store that is not performing well: extending this analysis to a whole portfolio will give you a clear picture of the situation.

You can then prioritise the sites that need your immediate attention and implement an energy saving action plan.

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Understand how much energy is consumed outside of working hours

A dedicated analysis of non-working hours – the time when an office, building, or store is closed – can reveal hard-to-notice energy waste and thus wasted money.

Lights left on, HVAC system idling or not correctly set….These small ”mistakes” contribute significantly to the amount you see on your utility bill.

Such inefficiencies can be immediately eliminated by leveraging your energy data.

Concretely, this translates into several ways to save energy with this data:

  • Turn off systems that should not be running during non-working hours.
  • Optimize the startup and shutdown schedule of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.
  • Standardize the reduction of light intensity.

Be alerted in case of abnormal consumption

When a building is used very efficiently, we expect the energy consumption to have a standard behaviour.

This means that when the building is unoccupied, no energy is consumed (no lights on, no HVAC running…) because no one is working and therefore no energy needs to be consumed.

This can be considered as the expected behaviour; on the other hand, if energy is used during non-working hours (and therefore there is consumption), then the behaviour deviates.


This deviation represents a consumption problem.


Being alerted when this deviation occurs, or just before it occurs, allows intervention to prevent the situation from getting worse.

In fact, anomalies are a wake-up call that something is not working as it should, and reacting means investigating where and when the abnormal consumption occurred and taking active measures to solve it.

Underlying this, however, is the need to be notified in real time of what is happening.

Alerts sent by email or visible in weekly reports are a good way to stay on top of the situation.

 

Further reading: How The Hotel Brussels detected and reacted quickly to faults despite lockdown

Conclusion

In short, the current energy market situation is something that no one could have predicted, but it is having an impact on all businesses.

As a business, you now have the opportunity to easily reduce energy costs through immediate and low-cost energy efficiency measures.
These behaviours are affordable and can be implemented immediately with the help of an expert.

If you want to start analysing your consumption and costs as soon as possible, contact one of our energy experts now.

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