Energy Efficiency Hmrc Open Day 100210

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10 Feb 10 - Cheltenham Business Advice Open Day - Energy efficiency

A seminar looking at how small businesses can reduce energy costs by at least 10% through simple low and no-cost actions.

Speaker: Jon Bird

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Energy Efficiency Hmrc Open Day 100210

  1. 1. Energy Efficiency for Small and Medium Size Enterprises Jon Bird and Mike Brain Severn Wye Energy Agency www.swea.co.uk 01452 835060 Presentation available on line at: http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/southwest/eventspresentations SWEA Severn Wye Energy Agency • Independent not for profit charity • based in Gloucestershire • Energy efficiency, renewable energy and education projects 1
  2. 2. Questions for Today •How much energy is used in in a small business? •Where is energy used? •Why reduce energy use? •Local Examples •How can we check it is being used effectively? •How can we reduce ineffective use? •Will we have to spend to save? •Is there any assistance available? Energy in SMEs • How much energy is used in a small business? • 10 years ago, average 4% of costs • Last year, average 10% of costs 2
  3. 3. Energy use •Where is energy used? Heating and Hot water Lighting Cooling Equipment Motivation Why might we want to reduce energy use? Cost Comfort Environment Image/client pressure 3
  4. 4. Why not? • Investment costs • Hidden costs • Transaction costs • Market failures • Ignorance, Inertia, Internal structures The national context 4
  5. 5. Local Examples: U Godsell and Sons Dairy Farm Key Points • Simple no and low cost steps already taken • Modern variable speed milking pump cuts annual milking pump energy use by £1000 pa • Compressor heat recovery will cut annual hot water heating costs by £100 pa Local Examples: The Retreat Bar Total gas and electricity use and bill reduced by 15%. Cellar service running costs cut by new cellar insulation: Cooling costs halved. Installation of timers on lights ensures they are only on when they should be. Smart meter enables savings and problems to be identified in real time. 5
  6. 6. Local Examples: Minchinhampton Golf Club Key Points • First stage of new efficient lighting in new course clubhouse reduces annual electricity bills by £1,500 p.a. • Improved heating in Old Course Clubhouse improves comfort and cuts annual gas bills by £500 • Air blade hand dryers reduce costs by £5,000 per year. Energy use How can we check it is being used effectively? Understand current use Energy walk round/survey/audit 6
  7. 7. Energy survey 1. Collect and analyse data from bills Understand your energy use 7
  8. 8. 60 Electrical demand (kW) 45 30 15 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 Time 0 Energy survey 2. Walk round: Look at Heating Hot water Lighting Building fabric Equipment 8
  9. 9. Four categories of energy waste INEFFICIENT POORLY CONTROLLED • Poorly maintained boilers • Timer and/or temperature controls • Use of traditional bulbs instead of wrongly set energy saving lamps • Relying on manual control UNNECESSARY INAPPROPRIATE • Equipment and lights that are • Use of inappropriate fuels e.g. on redundant peak electricity as heating fuel Where do the opportunities lie? • No Cost • Low Cost • Capital Cost 9
  10. 10. Energy Efficient = High Cost? Management vs. technical solutions Energy Savings Management Technical Cost Energy survey Heating 10
  11. 11. Energy survey Hot water Energy survey Lighting 11
  12. 12. Lighting Is daylight enough? Lighting controls: manual, timed or presence sensors? Who’s responsible for switching off? Which switch is it anyway?? Are light fittings clean? Are light bulbs efficient? Energy survey Building fabric 12
  13. 13. Energy survey Equipment Equipment Are computers and equipment left on when not being used? Are “power save” modes used? Is energy consumption considered when purchasing? Does equipment reduce the need for heat or increase the need for cooling? 13
  14. 14. Main Survey Recommendations • Heating issues – temperature, time settings & control • Heating/Cooling clash • Time switches on electrical equipment (water heaters) • Lighting – management and type • Secondary/Double glazing • Heating control (TRV) • Office equipment • Staff awareness – work and home Energy walk around – when? Lunchtimes Shift change At night / over the weekend When the cleaners are on duty Beginning and end of the heating season When the clocks change 14
  15. 15. Assistance Is there any assistance available? SWEA: Assistance Is there any assistance available? SWEA: 15
  16. 16. Assistance Is there any assistance available? Carbon Trust – Loans, advice Business Link Federation of Small Businesses Enhanced Capital Allowances/Energy Technology List SWMAS Energy Saving Trust (for home based businesses) Energy Efficiency for Small and Medium Size Enterprises Jon Bird and Mike Brain Severn Wye Energy Agency www.swea.co.uk 01452 835060 Presentation available on line at: http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/southwest/eventspresentations 16

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