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Lots of small businesses like yours could make savings as a result of our energy audits and the expert advice we provide.
Read the case studies or watch the videos below and you’ll see that the solutions we suggest are often very simple and inexpensive. But they can cut ££££s off annual business energy costs and achieve payback in a short period of time.
All facts and figures shown are from the site energy audits conducted.
A small convenience store open from 5.30am to 6.30pm, 6.5 days a week.
- Extensive electric lighting was clearly responsible for a significant proportion of the energy costs
- Stocks of chilled and frozen goods required the store to run a number of refrigerators and freezers
- Storekeeper reported premature light fitting failure due to voltage spikes
- Replace current fluorescent light tubes with modern energy saving lamps
Potential energy saving: 40-70%
- Fitting an Energy Miser device to chiller cabinets so they power down overnight or when not in use, saving wasted energy
Potential energy saving: 30-50%
- Fitting a Voltage Optimisation energy saving device removes dangerous voltage spikes and extends life of light fittings
Potential energy saving: 10-12%
A community convenience store looking to improve energy efficiency.
- Air conditioning units set at 23°C - higher than recommended for this type of environment
- Energy being wasted to heat store and also making fridges and chiller cabinets work harder
- Shop has in excess of 30 lights each requiring 55 Watts
- Voltage being supplied to all electrical equipment is 240 Watts – higher than necessary
- Reduce air conditioning temperature to 190C - the industry benchmark - which could achieve significant energy savings
- Replace 55 Watt light fittings with modern energy saving light bulbs, reducing energy consumption to 26-30 Watts per fitting
- Fit a Voltage Optimisation device, reducing the energy supplied to electrical equipment to an optimum 220 volts, making savings in the region of 10-11% on total electricity consumption.
A convenience store and post office that also sells fuel, conducts MOTs and motor repairs.
- A mixed site that has been evolving since the 1950s with many old and energy inefficient fittings and appliances
- 40% of lighting is of an older, inefficient type
- Energy supply to the workshop is 419 volts – higher than necessary
- Post office gas boiler consumes more gas than necessary to heat a relatively small space
- Continue to update lighting with modern, energy saving bulbs and lighting
- Use a Voltage Optimiser and reduce energy supply to workshop to 400 volts
- Install a boiler optimiser to reduce gas consumption and deliver savings in the region of 10-12%
Printing materials on a small scale for lots of small independent businesses.
- Electricity needed to run digital presses, binding equipment, graphic design equipment and PCs for small internet café
- Voltage supply to the premises is 250 volts which is unnecessarily high
- A number of halogen spotlights and inefficient fluorescent lights are in use in the office, kitchen and common areas
- Install Voltage Optimiser to reduce energy supply to 220 volts which would translate to very significant energy savings
- Replace halogen spotlights with LED or other energy saving lighting
- Upgrade old fluorescent lights to more modern energy efficient type or LED lamps
- Potential overall energy saving: 20-25%
Award-winning gastro pub serving British, European and speciality cuisine.
- Multiple dimmable down-lights currently use 35 Watt halogen lamps
- Voltage supply across the site is 240 volts which is unnecessarily high
- The pub has an old and inefficient boiler but this is the responsibility of the landlord, therefore the tenant publican may find upgrading this difficult to justify
- The heating is controlled by a manual on/off switch and is sometimes left on overnight accidentally
- Replace halogen lamps with 5 Watt LED energy saving light bulbs, saving 30 watts per fitting without any detrimental affect on light output
- Reduce voltage to 220 volts at which equipment will operate efficiently, while making significant energy savings
- Improve controls on heating system, using a more efficient timer system
A glass manufacturer, making sealed units and toughened glass.
- Lighting in manufacturing area is supplied by inefficient low bay fittings with metal halide lamps
- Electric motors used for cutting glass and preparing it for glazing units are consuming lots of energy
- An electrically powered furnace and very large fans, which heat and cool the glass, are the major source of energy consumption
- Equipment such as a large air compressor is often left on throughout the day, even when not in use
- Replacing low bay light fittings with energy saving lighting could reduce energy consumption by around 40-50%
- Installing variable speed drive inverters on electric motors could deliver savings of 30-40%
- Energy consumption might also be reduced by fitting a variable speed drive inverter to the furnace
- Developing an energy policy for the business, encouraging staff to switch off equipment when not in use could deliver further savings
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