How to save energy in your home or business
As an experienced electrical contractor in Norfolk, saving energy at home and at business premises is a key part of our work and that’s why we are fully supportive of Big Energy Saving Winter which runs from November 2020- January 2021 and have put together some of our top energy saving tips.
Big Energy Saving Winter is an initiative run by the Energy Saving Trust, the Citizens Advice Bureau, and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. It’s focused on how you can cut down your energy bills and play a part in saving energy to help the environment.
We’ve put together a handy checklist of tips to help you save energy at home and at work.
- Review your energy supplier.
The Citizens Advice Bureau has its own energy comparison service to help you evaluate your energy costs and what savings could be made by switching supplier. You could also consider switching to a green energy supplier to reduce your impact on the environment. If you’re a business, there are many services available online to evaluate suppliers and rates and it’s worth doing this annually.
- Make your building more energy efficient.
Draft proofing and improving insulation can make a big difference to your energy consumption. Take a look at whether you qualify for a green homes grant. This is a government backed grant scheme that can help fund energy efficiency improvements to your home such as loft insulation and cavity wall insulation and includes funding for landlords as well as home owners. There are also various energy efficiency and low carbon grant schemes available regionally for businesses to take advantage of.
- Convert your lighting to LED.
LED lighting is highly efficient and can be used across all manner of light fittings both inside and outside. From ceiling panels in work environments to LED light bulbs in traditional light fittings, you can expect them to be up to 85% more efficient than Halogen equivalents. They also last longer too, with most light bulbs expected to run for at least 10,000 hours.
- Update lighting to PIR sensor / Smart programmable solutions.
Consider purchasing PIR (passive infrared sensor) lighting, especially for outdoor lights, that activate on motion and save unnecessary electricity costs. There are also a wide range of indoor motion sensor lighting solutions available too that are particularly beneficial to businesses. Use in areas such as corridors and bathrooms to prevent unnecessary energy consumption when zones are not in use.
- Have your distribution system checked including your consumer Unit and Fuse Board.
Apart from being a safety concern, an unchecked old consumer unit can also be highly inefficient. An EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report), is a thorough check of your electrical system and will provide you with recommendations to improve your supply. It’s recommended at least every ten years or at a change of ownership and is mandatory for Landlords to undertake every five years. If you’re a business looking to improve your efficiency, our energy management and load monitoring review service can assist with controlling your costs and longevity of electrical systems.
- Choose energy efficient electrical appliances.
From washing machines to TVs, electrical appliances come with their own energy efficiency ratings and these should be an important consideration when making your next appliance purchase. An A+++ rating being the most efficient. This is particularly important for fridges and freezers, as they are in constant use, and their efficiency has been greatly improved in the past decades.
- Switch off electrical appliances.
This simple measure can help save electricity costs and reduce unnecessary consumption. In business environments, this can have a considerable impact on your overall usage and is a great practice to communicate with your staff.
- Install a room thermostat.
Using a programmer and thermostatic radiator valves can help you save on your energy consumption. If you are able to reduce your heating temperature by one degree you could save up to 10% on your energy costs.
Think big, start small
There are lots of ways we can improve our energy consumption. Big Saving Energy Winter is an initiative that looks to shine a light on the simple measures we can take to become more efficient.
If you’re looking for help or advice on how to improve your electrical system, please contact us.