Monitoring your energy consumption allows you to take control of your usage and reduce your carbon footprint. Whether you’re at home, in the office or on-site, you can make small changes to your everyday behaviour. This will save you a significant amount of money and make a positive impact on our environment.
What is energy monitoring?
Energy consumption monitors tell you how much energy your building is using at one time. They are devices or systems that integrate within your property to track the energy you consume. Energy monitors tell you how much your consumption costs in real-time. Once you reduce your consumption, the device will tell you how much energy and money you’re saving.
It’s important to know that the device itself doesn’t reduce your energy consumption. It communicates with your other systems including electricity, gas, heating and lighting. By monitoring your consumption, you can understand which areas of your property are using the most energy. You can track your monthly energy performance and take action to reduce this. Energy monitors aren’t a substitute for smart meters which feed your usage directly to your energy supplier.
The amount of energy you consume is relative to the nature and size of your business. However, the majority of businesses tend to use more energy than is necessary. The Carbon Trust found that most businesses could cut their energy costs by at least 10% by making changes to their energy efficiency.
While saving money is a priority for businesses, reducing your energy consumption can also decrease your carbon footprint. In a time of climate emergency, your small changes may seem insignificant. Small changes made by thousands of individuals and businesses can have a huge impact on our climate.
What is your carbon footprint?
Carbon footprint is a term that gets thrown around a lot with sustainability. But what does it mean? Carbon footprint is the carbon dioxide emitted by the activity of an individual, event or business.
You release carbon emissions with everything you do. Whether it’s driving to the supermarket or turning up your air conditioning – it all has an impact on the environment. This degree of control means we can increase and decrease the amount of emissions we release.
Calculating your carbon footprint is tricky. So many factors are involved from the food you eat, the car you drive to the property you own. Monitoring gives you a broader picture of the energy you consume daily. You don’t need to know your total carbon footprint to make changes. We can all work to reduce our consumption in some way.
Here are some simple changes that will reduce your energy consumption:
Only turn on what you need. If you don’t need to use your photocopier or printer, save electricity by keeping it switched off
Turn off monitors and computers when you leave. Devices that are left on while you’re out of the office eats away at your money and can easily be saved
Batch print or photocopy where possible. Letting your machine spend more time on standby rather than in use will save energy
Choose energy-efficient lighting. LED lights convert 95% of their energy into light and waste 5% as heat which uses less energy
Keep air conditioning and heating on one speed and temperature. Constantly fluctuating temperature and making them compete wastes money and energy
Use digital documents and sharing software. You can save energy and printing costs by utilising software like Google Drive
Use light and heat sensors. This way, your systems only come on when the room is occupied which can reduce your electricity consumption by 20%
While bigger changes can be made to your business in the long term, these quick wins will help to reduce your carbon footprint. Monitoring your energy consumption gives you a broad understanding of how your business operates and how you can improve this.