How Can I Improve Energy Management in the Workplace?
Saving energy around the home is fairly simple. Turn off lights when not in a room and ensure appliances are not left on unnecessarily and you can be confident that you are not wasting any of your precious (and let’s face it, expensive) energy.
The workplace can be an entirely different animal and far more challenging to manage when it comes to streamlining things and making sure youre not haemorrhaging vital electricity, gas or even both. This latest Love Energy Savings Energy Guide looks to help you with this energy management process and save serious cash for your business.
It doesn’t matter where you work, you will be using a significant amount of energy every day and the likelihood is that you can probably save a fortune by managing this far better, whether you work in an office or even in the great outdoors.
What Exactly Is Energy Management?
Essentially, energy management is the use of modern techniques and technology in order to enhance the energy performance in your place of work. This needs to be taken seriously and implemented across your organisation by integrating it into your wider management process, as well as any existing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Policy. The sad fact of the matter is, that despite the looming energy crisis and the fact that businesses all across the UK are paying too much for their energy, energy management is largely neglected. By implementing such an energy management scheme, you could save serious energy and improve your bottom line in the process. A good energy management programme has been made all the more important due to continued energy price hikes and also climate change legislation.
What Is The Key to Good Energy Management?
Love Energy Savings have highlighted five key areas for your business with regard to energy management, which will help you with energy management training and solutions for your organisation.
A Clear Energy Strategy
This should be in the form of a document which defines exactly how your business energy management system will be approached. You should include a plan of tasks which will have taken into account your businesses' current situation and the existing management framework. As these tasks are outlined, your energy strategy will evolve as you implement the various energy saving projects that are going to save you money.
A sound energy strategy should involve at least the following:
- The procurement of equipment, services and property should be undertaken bearing in mind the consequences for energy efficiency and the resulting costs.
- Compliance with climate change and energy regulations is essential.
- Organisation of roles and responsibilities within the organisation, to ensure that there are sufficient resources available.
- When investing in new projects, cost effective energy efficiency should be taken into account.
MM&T – Metering, Monitoring and Targeting
This is perhaps the most crucial aspect of a good energy management system as it measures and analyses the energy usage of your business. This is sometimes referred to as Energy Information Management, but more commonly as MM&T. The process basically identifies energy saving opportunities by completing energy surveys and analysing energy data through metering, monitoring and targeting.
Energy efficiency in the workplace is dependent on the organisational culture within and this can therefore either assist or compromise your efforts. If staff are made aware of how their habits or actions can effect energy efficiency, then they are more likely to make positive changes. MM&T can be vital when it comes to employee awareness. This can be promoted further through the use of posters, stickers and internal communications and when good energy efficiency is achieved, this can then be shared with shareholders, customers and the local community to really show your efforts off. This has the obvious benefits for the reputation of your business as well as the environment and ultimately, your bottom line.
Senior Management Commitment
As with any aspect of your business, the contribution of your key members of staff is of paramount importance. By ensuring your senior management are behind your business energy management project, you can rest assured this will be filtered to the rest of the workforce.
Business Energy Policy
The aforementioned Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Policy should have an Energy Policy at the heart of its ethos. This is basically a written statement of intent from your business when it comes to your corporate energy management system. If you are part of a smaller business then a few paragraphs will suffice whereas larger firms may need a couple of pages for their Energy Policy.
Frequent Energy Management Reviews
Again, this really applies to any aspect of a successful business but it key to your business energy management scheme. Regular reviews of your efforts will ensure that all goals are being chased effectively. Annual reviews would be the bare minimum here, but quarterly energy management reviews could be more practical approach.
Contact Love Energy Savings for Further Assistance
There is no point in trying to implement successful energy management solutions if you are on the wrong tariff. If you need help with any aspect of your business energy efforts, then we are here to help. We charge you nothing for our services, such is our commitment to saving you money when it comes to your monthly bills. All you need to do is take advantage of our free energy comparison tool or give us a call on
This is one of a series of Energy Guides available here at Love Energy Savings, designed to give you all the information you need about the world of business energy – which let’s face it, can be a bit of a minefield. Take a good look through today and remember to get in touch if you have any questions at all regarding business energy prices and comparison.