How improving your buildings efficiency could benefit your business
Commercial property in the U.K is worth approx. £717 Billion and accounts for 37 % of the UK greenhouse gases. That’s why it’s important that every business to operate an energy efficient building strategy that is incorporated into their business plan.
Set aside the climate change act 2008 that has mandated a 50% reduction in fossils fuel emission levels by 2020, and you could reap the benefits of energy efficiency, which could have a huge effect on your gross margins.
Businesses that fail to invest in energy efficiency pose a threat to their business profitability, and by implementing energy efficiency tactics, you can increase your companies competitiveness by cutting out waste and increasing profits.
Once you begin to make savings, they appear on your bottom line and remain there year on year. There are many benefits to maintaining an energy efficient building including the rise in profit margin. The department of energy and climate change identified that a company that has a 5% profit margin over three years, a £500-a-year saving from energy efficiency makes an equal profit as £30,000 worth of extra sales.
An energy efficient heating solution can help to contribute to any energy savings to require to reach that target and add that value to your bottom line.
Dependent on the building type that you have there is a range of energy efficient heating solutions on the market. For those with industrial premises, that have shutter doors would benefit from the installation of infrared radiant tube heaters.
This can help to reduce your heat loss, reducing your energy bills and therefore improving your buildings efficiency. Radiant heaters work by operating in the same way as the sun using radiant energy. The radiant heaters heat the objects in the room rather than the air, which is then absorbed by the people and objects in the room and released slowly. This means that even when the door is open as the heat is stored within the individuals or objects, they still maintain a comfortable temperature.
You can also zone your radiant heaters, so that heat is only applied where it is needed saving you from heating areas that do not require it and therefore wasting energy.
It’s not only radiant heating that can save you energy and money.
There is a broad range of warm air heaters that are available and depending on your premises could save you energy, fuel and therefore saving costs. Cabinet warm air heaters are extremely popular in the industrial sector with some achieving NOx values class 3 as low as (<80mg/kWh) on natural gas models, with a wide variety of fuels available including natural gas, LPG, Oil and biofuels. They could also be flued horizontally to lower installation cost and increase energy savings.
Accessories are also important in the role of efficiency, energy efficient controls, for instance, will help to reduce your costs, as the department of energy and climate change identifies that if your heating is as little as 1 °C higher than it should be, this could increase your costs by approx. 8% annually. Should they be turned down by as little as 2°C would save £140 on a £1000 energy bill.
Controllers are a great way to save energy if used correctly. A few ways to do this are to make sure that timers are correct remembering to do so when the clocks go back/forward.
In areas that do not require a high temperature such as higher physical activity level lower the temperature to below 19°C. Nominate a member of your team to be responsible for the heating controls and brief them on the costs associated with wasted heat.
In short increasing your energy efficiency will not only reduce your carbon footprint but also cut costs and increase your profitability.