11 Apr Are your sites meeting energy efficiency standards?
As efficiency and sustainability becomes more and more essential for businesses, the pressure is on to reach certain standards. Recent reports have shown that 10% of UK commercial properties don’t currently meet energy efficiency standards. This means that thousands of buildings are missing out on the benefits of reducing waste, in the form of both money and energy.
New research from Bensons Gas Engineering has revealed that 10.13% of leased commercial properties in the UK do not meet the EPC rating of band E, which is required by April 2023. Landlords are subject to fines and other costs if they do not comply. These fines could range from anywhere between £5,000 to £150,000.
Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can ensure you meet relevant energy efficiency standards.
Embrace efficient habits
Buildings and offices often lose out on reaching energy efficiency standards due to simple and easily fixed inefficiencies. Old boilers and radiator leaks often result in wasted energy and unnecessary costs. Updating equipment, installing smart meters, and upgrading your building insulation can make a significant impact on your business’s consumption. And subsequently your energy bills.
Regularly monitoring and metering your sites can help to identify inefficiencies and offer businesses the chance to correct them. Conducting audits can help to monitor your overall energy usage which can also help to reduce waste. Collecting real-time data based on actual usage, rather than on estimates, improves your budgeting both in the short and long term, not to mention the energy cost and consumption savings you will gain.
For this, we recommend the installation of AMR meters which can significantly improve your energy monitoring and targeting.
Take control of your energy
For building owners to bring lower EPC ratings up and reach energy efficiency standards, they need to be able to take control of their energy. Understanding exactly where they are using the most energy and why is the first step – making conscious changes is the second.
Making small changes can have a big impact. Consider switching off appliances when you leave the building, closing windows when HVAC systems are in use, and making the most of any natural light. These measures can go some way towards reducing your energy consumption and subsequent costs.
Keeping on top of the steady stream of new legislation released by the government each year can seem difficult and daunting. But with the right help, you can meet compliance standards efficiently, and this will also bring a number of benefits.
This can be achieved through many options, such as:
- Efficient carbon management and reporting
- Green procurement
- Smart metering and monitoring
Step one is to fully understand which standards are applicable for your company. Step two is ensuring that there is no unnecessary duplication in the work put into reaching these targets. We can also help you to streamline compliance with the different regulations, avoiding duplication of effort.
Our carbon team is well-versed in complex carbon legislation, so you don’t have to be. We can provide everything, from preliminary guidance and support, to total management of your carbon reporting.
Get in touch today to find out more on how we can help you reach relevant standards.
How can ESS help?
Ensuring you are reaching energy efficiency standards can seem daunting. Especially when paired with multiple other high priority responsibilities. But this burden can be eased by the right assistance.
With the help of our expert team and smart monitoring and metering services, we can guide our clients towards becoming as efficient as possible. Installing an Automated Meter Reading (AMR) meter could provide you with greater visibility and clarity on unusual usage trends and inefficiencies. Allowing education institutions the chance to reduce energy consumption, waste, and costs.
Get in touch today to find out how ESS can help you reach your sustainable goals.