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CUTTING ENERGY COSTS FOR SMEs

TOP ENERGY SAVING TIPS FROM THE CARBON TRUST

always switch monitors off when not in use. They can account for almost two thirds

of a computer’s energy use

a simple seven-day timer on shared equipment, such as printers, vending machines

and water coolers will ensure they are not left on overnight and at weekends. These are

relatively cheap to buy and can save up to 70 per cent on energy costs

avoid placing ‘hot’ equipment, like photocopiers near to cooling vents, as the

system will have to work harder to cool the area

give an individual or small team responsibility for driving energy measures forward

maintain the heating system properly

Failing to maintain equipment properly can increase heating costs by up

to 10 per cent

don’t heat unused space

Storerooms, corridors and areas where there’s heavy physical work can be

set to lower temperatures. Reduce heating during holidays and weekends

thermostat location

Check that thermostats are sited away from draughts and cold or hot spots

keep radiators clear

don’t block them with furniture as this reduces efficiency

keep motors maintained, where relevant

A badly maintained motor and drive system will drive energy costs up

supervise running time of machinery, where relevant

Check for motors (fans, pumps, etc.) that are running when they are not

needed. A motor running without load can still use as much as 40 per

cent of the full load power. Likewise, turn off everything that is not

needed in the evenings, and whenever the building is not in use

consult colleagues

As chapter 3 explains, where energy efficiency is concerned, the more

the merrier. Ask colleagues where they think energy is being wasted.

Encourage all staff to think about ways of making savings. Set, and

work towards, energy reduction targets and chart progress

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