How to Reduce Energy in Buildings – Without Major Capital Expenditure

One of the topics of conversation at the recent 2Degrees Energy Performance Summit in London was how energy consumption might be reduced within a built environment when resources and finance are both limited.

Posted on 29 September 2015.

An interesting challenge but one for which there is a solution which is often overlooked and underestimated but will not only deliver an immediate impact at a relatively low cost but is also sustainable in its truest sense.

So what is this magical solution? Training!

I have to admit to having previously been a little sceptical as to the effectiveness of energy training particularly in the absence of good data when it is often difficult to prove any measurable tangible benefits.

However, a recent Energy Awareness programme at a major manufacturing site delivered a further 7.5% energy consumption reduction over a two year period and delivered a better return on investment than a £0.5m lighting project at less than 10% of the cost.

So what’s the formula? One of the key ingredients is good quality data to benchmark the current performance and to accurately measure the impact of the training. Also critical to a successful campaign is to ensure the training is consistent, relevant and designed to meet the specific needs of the participants so no ‘one hat fits all’ solutions! 

Communication across the business is another critical success factor to ensure ongoing engagement and understanding of what is being done and to celebrate and advertise success. Everyone enjoys being part of a success story and most of us like the occasional pat on the back for a job well done.

A well designed and delivered energy training programme will change participant’s knowledge base and understanding of energy and their ability to impact upon its use helping to change their individual attitudes and effecting organisational culture. This will help ensure the energy and cost savings are both sustainable and tangible.

For more information on JRP Solutions’ Energy Training courses please visit or contact George Richards at