How can you add ££££s to your bottom line and reduce your carbon footprint?

In a recent survey carried out by energy specialists JRP Solutions, 96% of respondents said that their organisations were committed to minimising energy use but less than 20% believed that their organisation’s energy reduction strategy was very effective!

Posted on 28 July 2017.

This seems to show that many organisations are only paying lip-service to their energy policies which makes no sense at all either commercially or environmentally. 

Saving energy saves money and reduces carbon footprint – it’s a no brainer!  And often savings can be made without any great expenditure.  Why then is the message not getting through to the people who make the investment decisions?

It is true that there are some organisations that take energy efficiency very seriously, but we know that there are very many that just do the bare minimum to comply with their legal requirements. 

We see it time and time again, even from those with responsibility for managing and reducing energy who should know better, energy projects are rarely prioritised and often pushed to the back of the queue for other infrastructure type projects.   I repeatedly hear from clients ‘this is not a priority at the moment’, ‘we can’t look at this yet’, and ‘we’ll review this next year.’  Whenever I hear this, I have a mental picture of the army general who doesn’t have time to speak to the gun salesman at the door because he is too busy fighting a battle with bows and arrows!  People are running around trying to increase profits and lower costs without considering the obvious cost saving that is staring them in the face. 

Cost is often cited as the barrier to implementing improvement projects, but often improvements can be made with little or no investment.  We have delivered energy behaviour training programmes, for example, that have delivered the same energy savings as capital investment programmes but at a fraction of the cost. 

Here are five guaranteed ways to achieve savings within your organisation:

1.   Plan

Create a simple one page energy plan that sets out some clear objects and targets to reduce energy consumption over say three years. Communicate this plan and its objectives across your business as everyone impacts on the amount of energy the business consumes.

2.   Measure

Ensure you have adequate metering in place to provide you with good quality energy data so you know where energy is being consumed, where it is being wasted and to help validate any improvement projects you implement. It is important to interpret this data into English so try to avoid talking in kWh’s or tonnes of CO2 and instead use the terminology that people within your business understand e.g. £’s.  

3. Engage your staff

Your employees can be your most powerful asset in achieving and sustaining energy and cost savings. They know your business processes and operations better than an outside consultant, and can be best placed to identify and implement energy saving opportunities.

For example, we worked with one client to deliver a best practice LED lighting project which required a capital investment of £480k.  The project was a real success and achieved energy savings representing 7½% pa of total site consumption.  We delivered a behaviour management training programme to the same client for £30k and they also achieved similar energy savings of 7½% pa.  There is a wide range of training available to suit all requirements. More.

4. Get accredited to ISO 50001

Unlike other standards, ISO 50001 will lead to significant savings, quickly. Why? Because it provides a logical and practical framework that covers all aspects of energy management enabling a co-ordinated and consistent approach that will start to deliver results well before certification is achieved. More.

5.  Use an expert!

Don’t be afraid to ask for help!  Often an energy specialist such as JRP Solutions will be able to find ways to identify energy savings and deliver energy saving projects without incurring any costs.  There’s no harm asking!

If you would like us any further information on the above, please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@jrpsolutions.com or on 0800 6127 567.