As demand for energy increases due to the growing global population so does the price of energy, the need to find renewable, sustainable solutions and become more energy efficient. With the cost of energy rising and diminishing resources impacting the world, many companies are beginning to understand that controlling their energy is essential to their sustainability.
Energy efficiency should be considered as highly important from both an ethical and economic point of view, but equally often overlooked by businesses. Historically when the cost of energy was low, little considerations were given to controlling consumption. However, times have changed and with an ever-changing economy, businesses are increasingly faced with the challenge to reduce essential spend, improve efficiencies, and remain compliant with current legislations.
While businesses are starting to understand the potential benefits of better energy management, many are still struggling to find time to focus on their energy usage or have the knowledge to identify practical measures that return substantial savings. As the need for energy management grows, increasingly companies are appointing energy managers (a job title that did not exist a generation ago!)
An energy manager is responsible for monitoring and reducing energy usage and emissions. A recent survey by the Energyst showed that out of the SME’s surveyed under half had a dedicated energy manager and for those spending less then £1m per annum this dropped to less than a quarter. Although, increasingly companies are appointing energy managers many are yet to understand their value.
Below are 10 reasons for appointing an energy manager:
1. To improve energy efficiency
By measuring and monitoring all energy consumption, carbon emissions and the running costs of a building an energy manager can design, coordinate and implement an energy strategy and policy. This setting out how energy will be managed efficiently within the organisation with the intent to reduce consumption and emissions.
2. To maximise profit
Due to the rising cost of energy, reducing consumption and carbon emissions can lead to substantial savings which will reduce your businesses bottom line and maximise profit.
3. To identify opportunities
Improve efficiencies, maintain equipment and maximise on incentives that support investment in energy saving technologies. E.g. Environmental taxes encourage businesses to operate in more environmentally friendly way.
4. To ensure compliance of current energy regulations and legislations
The Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC), Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), and P272 are just a few of the energy-related legislations in place. Having an energy manager will ensure your business is always compliant.
5. To optimise building performance
Incorporate multiple systems to enhance building performance and energy use by fine-tuning equipment and implementing a strategy that works for everybody.
6. To implement new technologies
Monitoring news and trends to stay abreast of the latest technology and finding the right equipment that meets the specific needs of your business is an essential way to improve efficiencies and reduce consumption and emissions.
7. To manage energy procurement
An Energy Manager will manage all aspects of your electricity, gas and water supplies. Handling the tendering process, negotiations and paperwork to ensure you have the best energy deal to suit your business requirements.
8. To change behaviour and educate employees
Influencing behavioural change is hugely important and possibly the cheapest way to reduce consumption. By providing technical and practical advice, creating awareness and compelling a sense of ownership amongst staff, employees can help contribute to being more energy efficient and meeting corporate goals or empowering ‘Energy Champions’ in key business areas.
9. To act as the negotiator with all levels of management
Many businesses face the problem of communicating ideas across departments and seniority levels. Having an Energy Manager as the mediator to present opportunities, raise awareness of legislation or to manage applications for capital investment will drive projects forward to achieve environmental goals.
10. Improve business reputation
With growing emphasis on businesses to commit to a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, investing in low carbon energy sources and reducing your carbon footprint means companies operate in a more of environmentally friendly way, improving your reputation and giving your business a competitive advantage that can be seen more favourably by consumers and suppliers
To talk to one of our Energy Managers, please call 03330 433 233.