Energy efficiency in manufacturing (durable)
There is a considerable amount of energy consumed in the manufacturing sector, so any steps you can take to be more efficient will almost definitely give you a direct improvement on the bottom line.
You might be taking some of these measures already, but to make it easier, we’ve split them into no cost, low-cost and investment-based changes.
Being proactive about energy efficiency measures and taking steps to reduce your consumption could result in bills that are 18-25% lower, getting your investment back in less than 18 months.
Who is this for?
Household goods manufacturers
Sports equipment manufacturers
Other durable goods manufacturers
Simple no cost changes
- If you use furnaces in your business, know that they are one of the main drivers of energy use. With good control and regular maintenance, you could reduce the burden.
- Keep a record of the furnace’s performance by looking at the ration of energy use and yield, check against manufacturer recommendations and monitor it day-to-day. Deviations will quickly highlight problems or opportunities to improve yield with the same energy input.
- Review your practices to see whether you can charge and unload the furnace in a different way to improve output, or whether you could invest in a more efficient burner.
Straightforward low-cost changes
Long-term savings from the right investments
For larger savings from energy efficiency you might need to spend some money upfront, especially if you’re planning refurbishments.
Start by making a note of your current consumption.
By default, your smart meter will record consumption data in 30-minute intervals. You can use this starting point as a benchmark.
Do you notice any variations during the year?
Make a note of them and think about what could cause them. For example, if your business is affected by the weather, you could save energy by investing in better insulation and save money in the long term.
Benchmark your current energy use
How does it compare to last year or last season? Make sure you analyse similar time periods (for example, December 2018 with December 2019) to make sure the improvement in efficiency isn’t influenced by other factors.
How much are you going to reduce your consumption by?
Set a realistic goal and a target date of when you’ll measure consumption again to track how you’re doing.
Choose the steps you’ll take to achieve those goals
Use the categories above to put advice into practice and involve your employees. To motivate staff, try to make it into a competition. Why not offer a free meal out to the team that comes up with the most energy saving ideas or commit to donating the savings to a local charity that they choose?
Make the changes and measure the results
Communicate all improvements with your staff, no matter how small, to encourage an energy efficient state of mind. And when you're ready to make more changes to become energy efficient, come back to this action plan and start again.
The facts, figures and advice have been sourced from the Carbon Trust, Energy Trust and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (formerly known as the Department of Energy and Climate Change).