Moving towards energy sustainability will require changes not only in the way energy is supplied, but in the way it is used, and reducing the amount of energy required to deliver various goods or services is essential. Opportunities for improvement on the demand side of the energy equation are as rich and diverse as those on the supply side, and often offer significant economic benefits.
Renewable energy and energy efficiency are sometimes said to be the “twin pillars” of sustainable energy policy. Both resources must be developed in order to stabilize and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Efficiency slows down energy demand growth so that rising clean energy supplies can make deep cuts in fossil fuel use. If energy use grows too fast, renewable energy development will chase a receding target. Likewise, unless clean energy supplies come online rapidly, slowing demand growth will only begin to reduce total emissions; reducing the carbon content of energy sources is also needed.
Renewable energy (and energy efficiency) are no longer niche sectors that are promoted only by governments and environmentalists. The increased levels of investment and the fact that much of the capital is coming from more conventional financial actors suggest that sustainable energy options are now becoming mainstream for instance;
- When it comes to hot water heating, replace electric hot water units with more energy efficient heat pumps.
- Install timers on instantaneous hot water services to limit their operation to business hours only.
- Talk to a your JRT specialist about surveying, designing, supplying, installing and commissioning your lighting needs. As an example, higher-efficiency tubes use approximately 40 per cent less power than old fluorescent light fittings.
- Install Power Factor Correction equipment which can reduce your monthly electricity charges and help beat hidden running costs of motors and other inductive loads, such as transformers and ballasts. These capacitors work as silent reactive power ‘generators’ so the total amount of electricity demand decreases.
- Ensure your workforce is aware of, and committed to, your energy management policy or plan. This could include creating an energy management team, encouraging staff to share energy saving ideas, establishing benchmarks or targets and regularly monitoring energy usage.
- Undertake a comprehensive energy audit by your JRT specialist. This will not only identify ways to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, but improve your bottom line.