Energy efficiency is a weighty matter for any business. It is indeed critical while legislative bodies pay more attention to this topic than ever. To reduce carbon footprint; initiatives such as carbon taxes, risk disclosures have been taking place. So, to speak, carbon production costs a lot. However, the cost is not only about the financial performance of businesses but also the world we leave to future generations.
Undeniably, excessive amounts of energy consumption induce hazardous effects on earth such as global warming and climate change while 40% of total energy consumption from conventional facilities can be reduced to zero by a transition to Net Zero Energy Building. For the sake of argument, your company may not be ready for such transition in terms of resources and timing. However, there are still opportunities waiting for you on the horizon. Even though you cannot immediately jump into a net zero plan, you can still reduce your company’s carbon footprint by simply using the resources efficiently.
The course of action is called “decarbonisation”. The practice aiming to reduce the amount used by your business can optimize your facility as well as the energy efficiency while your carbon production significantly reduces. The question is how to get there. Let’s start with the high-level steps which are required to plan this through. 3 main steps that will make this progress are:
To take a step towards decarbonisation, keep on reading.
1. Energy Audit: To get to work on decarbonisation, you certainly need to observe the current situation. An energy audit will help you to understand the way energy sources are being used within your facility. It requires extensive research as well as expertise. Auditors will drill down your historical data for utility fees, specifics of equipment being used while doing on-site measurements to report the facility's current energy usage. So when the audit is finished, how good does it serve you? An average energy audit helps businesses to save energy from 10% to 20%. Thus, it is definitely worthwhile
2. Facility Optimisation Approach: After the audit is complete, you should be working with energy solutions' professionals to draw an outline for energy optimisation. Facility optimisation exercise points out countless areas where you have development opportunities in terms of usage of the energy. From cost-savvy lighting systems to more efficient industrial equipment, you will be discovering improvement areas and the professionals who you work with will be advising primary investment points. These interventions will cut the amount of carbon production as well as the cost.
3. Monitoring Energy Usage: To evaluate performance of the project and identify rest of the improvement areas, keeping the track of your decarbonisation plan is key. Check whether it meets your daily, weekly, monthly, or annual goals. The project should not be passed by after implementation. Whether with a spread sheet or an automated tracking system, the metrics should be evaluated in advance. So that you can come to realize your progress and take one more step further.
If you intend to start decarbonisation towards your facility and follow an energy efficiency plan that takes your business a step ahead, PE Energy Solutions will help you to reach your goals. With the insight of your organisational needs, we are eager to accompany you with our expertise. Check our services to find out more!