Energy efficiency has been a key topic for many years now, yet there still remain opportunities to reduce energy use in existing buildings. With existing buildings making up a significant proportion of Europe’s building stock, reducing the energy they consume can help make inroads to meeting carbon reduction targets.
However, for most organisations the real driver for reducing energy consumption rests firmly in the accountant’s office. With energy prices rising all the time, reducing the energy used in a building can give significant financial benefits.
Many issues relating to energy efficiency can be spotted by someone with limited technical knowledge. Things like non-optimised control of lighting or heating can be easily seen by examining the system in the correct way.
A systematic approach to analysing the data already held, gathering data needed, and looking at options for the future, should yield benefits.