Waste not, want not

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The day-to-day running expenses of your industrial business no doubt make a huge dent in the finances and it’s easy to get caught up in the business itself, rather than looking at ways to reduce outgoings.

Having a Building Energy Management System (BEMS) will help you monitor and control your business’ energy outgoings, and hopefully, identify ways to cut costs.

There are software packages designed to do just this and there’s plenty of help and advice available – if you seek it out.

You may think that your business does not have the scale to warrant getting some independent advice, but if you follow the leads made by big business, you’ll find there are some inherent learnings – and ultimately, savings.

Having a process to control, monitor and conserve energy is something that is inherent in new-build industrial premises where energy-star ratings and the like are a magnet for astute and progressive tenants.

But that doesn’t mean that your existing – and perhaps even, dated – industrial premises needs to miss out on the growing trend for effective energy management.

The old adage of “you can’t know what you don’t know” is particularly relevant here.

To manage energy effectively, you need to know what your baseline energy usage is, where this energy is being used, and how your usage varies.

You can get a monitoring and targeting programme tailored to your business and get the information that is pertinent and important to your business specifically.

An industrial operation may include any number of energy-sapping variables – lighting, heating, compressed air, pumps, generators, motorised systems etc.

By tracking your industrial energy usage you’ll be armed with the facts to enable you to seek and source the optimal energy solutions.

Some of the areas you’ll gain an insight to are:

• identifying areas for energy saving

• being able to predict future energy use

• improving processes and reducing overheads

• avoiding waste (such as excessive use of water and materials)

• identifying preventative maintenance measures for machinery

• creating valuable metrics to help communicate energy use across your business

• being able to make business decisions based on highly accurate reporting.

A useful place to start is by taking a look at this site:

https://www.eecabusiness.govt.nz/technologies/building-management-systems/

Large corporates now take into consideration the ‘triple bottom line’, which entails economic, social and environmental factors when looking at the impact their business operation will have. It’s something that smaller businesses are becoming more mindful of, too.

Energy usage is a good starting point!


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