The BG Energy Solutions guide: 5 ways to reduce your energy costs this winter

The BG Energy Solutions guide: 5 ways to reduce your energy costs this winter

Just days ago, a blackout in London proved the urgent need to save energy. 1,300 homes and businesses were affected; damaging power outages are, worryingly, already here. Is this the shape of things to come?

In response, home-grown businesses are being tasked by Government and suppliers to carry more of the load. As the UK approaches peak season for energy demand, can companies relieve pressure on the Grid and save money at the same time?

1.    Demand management

By using less electricity during winter demand peaks, firms can unlock valuable savings. These stem from avoiding costly peak charging bands, and from Demand Response, whereby firms turn down their energy usage, in return for a payment from the supplier.

2.    Identify potential energy-efficiency savings through an audit

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is leading an uptake in UK business energy audits; these pinpoint areas where energy use is high. Once identified, embedding ESOS recommendations to streamline your consumption will save money and build sustainable operations.

For companies affected by ESOS, the deadline for completing ESOS audits is just around the corner; December 5, 2015*. With this in mind, plenty of firms now have the chance to genuinely step up on energy efficiency, by putting in place the measures their audits highlight.

Knowing which parts of efficiency to tackle first, and how to streamline the requirements, even if you’re unaffected by ESOS, is tough. For all firms therefore, the advice of a professional energy consultancy is highly recommended.

3.    Implement lighting and building controls

Building and lighting controls balance your mechanical and electrical services, resulting in more reliable and sustainable plant and estates. With a Building Energy Management System (BEMS) up to 40% savings are available, in addition to more intelligent buildings and reputational advantage.

4.    Renewables

Pushing renewables like solar more centrally into your energy mix, especially through onsite generation, has a dual benefit. They will protect you from blackouts, but also minimise the demand that causes them.

Further, you could even sell excess electricity back to the Grid, an additional cash positive.

5.    Voltage Optimisation

Poorly optimised voltage consumes extra energy, prompting higher bills and a loaded carbon footprint. Voltage peaks and troughs can also damage plant, creating higher maintenance, repair or replacement costs.

The future is funding

Firms across the UK can struggle to embed energy efficiency, with payback, ROI and upfront capital the key challenges. But with innovative and flexible financing solutions, there’s no need to wait before evolving your business into a low carbon powerhouse.
BG Energy can offer expert advice across all these top 5 energy savings areas. Just get in touch here.

*Recently, the Environment Agency altered some elements of the ESOS scheme regarding enforcement of ESOS deadlines. Companies affected by ESOS will be given an extension until January 29, 2016 to become fully ESOS compliant, as long as they’ve notified the EA by December 5, 2015, that they are going to be late.  

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