09 February 2022
As you know, there are all sorts of reasons why managing your energy usage matters right now.
From reducing operational costs and minimising consumption to reducing your carbon emissions in order to meet sustainability targets – energy management is going to be absolutely vital for the vast majority of businesses feeling the effects of the energy crisis.
But properly managing your energy can often take time, effort and know-how, three resources that a business may not necessarily have, especially when there are all sorts of other things to focus on. That’s where an energy management partner can provide a vital lifeline for businesses who may be struggling to balance running their operations with what has now become a key business practice.
Alongside our partnership with Energy & Technical Services (ETS), an energy management consultancy using smart building technology and connectivity to create more efficient, sustainable buildings for businesses, we’ll take a look at how partners like ETS can help support your business during these challenging times.
Broadly speaking, energy management is the proactive and organised management of energy use across a building or organisation so that both environmental and economic requirements can be met.
Because of this, energy management isn’t confined to one specific sector. Companies of all kinds can benefit from energy management to reduce their operating costs. And while requirements and practices will certainly differ from sector to sector, the same core principles apply to all companies as follows:
These energy-saving efforts can, of course, take different forms. It may be that a business wants to make its operations more efficient through its premises or the equipment used on-site, or it may seek to increase its awareness of energy matters. There are a whole host of different methods that a business can use to save and manage its energy.
Whatever energy aims a business has, they can be achieved by working with an energy management partner. Right now, everyone will be focused on how to best navigate the energy crisis’ choppy waters. These external bodies can be used to help a business be more efficient in its energy use and reduce energy-related costs in areas that may put a dent in company coffers.
From procuring energy at more attractive prices to making physical changes to the building itself in order to be more energy efficient, energy management partners can achieve this in a variety of different ways.
Through these methods, the work that energy management partners conduct can provide notable benefits to businesses of all kinds. By recommending changes, they can help you to reduce overheads that might have previously affected a business’ bottom line. And by affecting changes in energy consumption, a business can increase its green credentials in the process too.
In an age where customers, consumers and companies themselves are more aware of the impact that business operations can have on the environment, a more energy-efficient approach is undoubtedly a strong look.
Additionally, a more mindful approach to energy usage not only demonstrates care for the community at a local level and the world at large, it provides companies with a competitive advantage. This goes a long way to attracting the best talent, who may shun companies that aren’t as savvy or conscientious about the way their actions affect the environment around them.
When a business takes on the services of an energy management partner, the partner will typically conduct a series of audits to measure both a business’ energy consumption and the cost of the consumption itself. By illuminating problems in these areas, the partner can then identify where a business can reduce the amount of energy it consumes.
By taking a thorough look at every aspect of a business’ energy consumption (including machinery, equipment and the building itself), partners can propose and then put in place specific strategies so that a business can become more efficient in its energy usage.
Some partners will also assess the business’ procurement of energy including where they’re getting it from and the amount they’re paying for it. Equipped with these insights, they’ll then be able to provide ways to procure energy at more affordable rates.
The services of an energy management partner also help to take the pressure off your business, so it’s free to carry on with its operations without getting tied up in the more granular details of an energy audit. For busy businesses that are continually growing, having a dedicated service to take care of things for them can be an enormous benefit.
In partnering with ETS, we’re now able to signpost SEFE Energy customers to a consultancy that can support them with the energy audits we mentioned above. With ETS, our customers can access a wealth of energy management and building services knowledge and experience accrued over the course of 20+ years.
By opting for the services of ETS, our customers have the opportunity to turn their building into a real asset. With the insights and expertise of chartered engineers, renewable energy experts, carbon experts and qualified project managers, ETS can improve the efficiency of your business’ building in a number of different ways.
Through smart use of data and analytics, their investigations, proposals and implementations, your building can optimise its operational efficiency to keep running costs low, improve sustainability and carbon performance, and create healthy, smart, and flexible workspaces that allow your employees to thrive. They’ll even be able to futureproof your building so that it always stays at the cutting edge of energy efficiency which is always welcome news in times like this.
Phil Warren, Director at Energy & Technical Services (ETS), commented:
“ETS is proud to have an association with one of the largest gas suppliers in Europe. We are supportive of their environmental and social responsibilities and are looking forward to assisting SEFE Energy clients in their energy efficiency and net-zero drives.”
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