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14 Simple Energy Saving Tips

Forking out cash every month to keep your house running efficiently is a part of life, but did you know there are little changes you can make to keep the cost of your bills down?

LOFT INSULATION
Install Insulation in the loft, this will help prevent heat escaping up through the top of your property (ideally 100% natural sheep wool) then you won’t have to crank up the heating so often!

SHOWERING
Shower – don’t bath! Baths tend to use a huge amount of hot water compared to a shower.

CYLINDER INSULATION
Insulate your hot water cylinder. If you have a hot water tank in your house, it is worth a trip down to the local DIY store to pick up a jacket to help limit heat loss.

LET SOME AIR IN
Open windows instead of using the extractor fan – no electricity used, no cost, and when did a little fresh air hurt anyone?
 

EMBRACE THE SUNSHINE
Take advantage of solar gain in the winter to keep your house warm (keep curtains open in daytime – maximise direct light entering the house).

MICROWAVE OVER OVEN
Use your microwave to reheat food as opposed to the oven – they heat up the food far quicker so are therefore more efficient!

MAINTAIN YOUR DRYER
If you do use a dryer – clean the lint filter after every couple of uses. This will help it run more efficiently helping to save electricity.

SWITCH IT OFF
Don’t leave your computer or television on standby – just because the screen isn’t on, doesn’t mean it’s consuming any less energy! Turn it off at the end of each day.

UNPLUG IT
Unplug your phone from the charger (and the charger from the wall) when your phone is fully charged!

RUGS, RUGS, RUGS
If you have tile floors that get cold in the winter, cover the floor with a rug so your toes are kept nice and toasty warm! You’ll be less tempted to switch the heating on.

DON’T BE THE DISHWASHER
Stop washing up! Make sure you use the dishwasher - these use far less water than washing by hand and it makes your life much easier!

LEAVE THE FRIDGE ALONE
Avoid opening the fridge or freezer to browse – every time you do, the appliance will need to fire up to cool down the air again. More food hasn’t magically appeared in the fridge since you checked 10 minutes beforehand anyway..

COHABITATE
Fall in love (easier said than done)! Move in with your partner or a friend and save on heating and electricity!

DIM YOUR SCREEN (AND SAVE YOUR EYES)
Dim your smart phone, it will use less energy so you won’t need to charge it so frequently (especially important if you have an iPhone!)

2017 - the Best Opportunity to Save Money on Your Water Bills?

A few years ago, Scotland became the first country in the world to open its water industry to competition for non-domestic customers. Water deregulation in England from April of this year, means around 1.4 million English customers will have the same opportunities as 130k in Scotland, to be able to compare water prices and seek better services.

Water bills are and always have been, notoriously difficult to analyse.  Only specialists in the field can apply their expertise to stitch the historical water data together for customer sites, creating readable water reports that we can all understand and digest and hopefully from which, water saving actions can then be taken.

Cost Centre Services recently managed a project where 6 golf clubs agreed to undertake water analysis for their sites. The results opened our eyes to the clear need for customers to first address corrections in water charging tariffs, recoveries for incorrectly incurred charges and address often very significant water wastage issues before even considering switching to another water supplier.

The results from these six clubs reveal the following:

  • 4 out of 6 had incorrect charging tariffs with total annual costs of -  £890.00
  • 5 out of 6 increased their daily water consumption by 12,310 litres per day, costing -  £11,547.00
  • Combined potential savings equated to £2,072.00 per annum per club.

There are certainly some savings to be made by wanting to switch water supplier from April. However, making sense of the various water charging elements is going to be crucial in making the correct choice, in addition to water conservation which offers potentially a far greater value to businesses in reducing and most importantly being able to manage water costs accurately.

Education Sector reaps CCS rewards!

It’s not just golf clubs that are benefiting from working with Cost Centre Services. The education sector is getting in on the act now too, we’ve helped a school and a university out recently -

Rookery Primary School becomes the first in the world to trial new optical water smart metering technology. H20 Operations Director Richard Scott says, “This offers the potential for a massive step forward for customers because we finally have the technology to provide an affordable solution for customers wanting to know if they have water wastage over-night, or increases in water use.”

Rookery Primary School identifies 2/3rds of water can be saved by improvements in water efficiency. Joe McCormick Rookery Business Manager explains, we had no idea how much water was being consumed because it’s often so difficult to identify. Having smart metering will give us early warning to faults and issues which can be addressed quickly.

Water Analysis for Aston University shows mysterious £2,000 increase in water use in the past 4 months? Costs Centre Services Managing Director Simon Binks explains, “whilst the water consumption has now reduced back to normal, that fact is that the customer recognises that they haven’t budgeted for this unexpected increase. The water meter is difficult to access so it’s a better solution to provide some new, affordable smart metering technology. “

Aston University selects Costs Centre Services for a new sub-metering and permanent display service for kitchen catering water monitoring. Aston University becomes the first university in the UK to begin monitoring water use through hot & cold water facilities in kitchen production. New smart metering technology allows an affordable solution for the client to address water consumption issues and identify improvements in water efficiency for their sites.

Is your budget wearing thin already this year? We really can and will help you save money off your energy and water bills. Give us a call today: 0345 450 1446 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Do you know how much energy or water you waste?

Changing tariffs or energy supplier is often the favoured option; however much more can be done in house.

 

Analyse work and equipment patterns and practice looking for the following:

  • Is equipment being turned off when not in use – in the kitchen or back office for example?
  • Are golf buggies being charged during the day at peak tariff?
  • Do you have efficient lighting and lamps throughout, especially in high use areas such as a driving range?
  • Have you got energy efficient heating equipment with appropriate controls?
  • Do you light public areas even when not in use?
  • Are your taps, toilets and urinals leaking?

 

Some of the ways to rectify these issues would be to fit energy efficient digital timers so equipment is only on when needed and on best tariff where appropriate. Make energy awareness part of staff training and empower them to tackle energy awareness issues; consider appointing an “energy champion or champions”.

Lighting can often be a considerable overhead for golf clubs, so carry out a replacement to fit LEDs wherever possible. Similarly replace catering and heating equipment with energy efficient upgrades – identify the most cost effective areas first.

There may be initial cost to replace equipment but the return on investment is a powerful argument for doing so. However, there is so much that can be done without incurring any cost, changing work and equipment usage practice is easily achievable and brings early benefits.

Start by seeing how much equipment such as computers and photocopiers are left on overnight, similarly vending machines and drinks chillers. Do fridges need to be on constantly? Most equipment will power up quickly so it just requires discipline to switch equipment OFF. Consider installing an energy management system which will really help identify waste.

 

Make sure your team have the energy to do it!