Reducing your electricity costs


Businesses can save money by switching supplier, but there is another side to significantly reducing energy costs, says Chauvin Arnoux in this sponsored post.

In recent years there has been a steady increase in the number of businesses that have been created to help other businesses save money on electricity charges, through either renegotiating existing contracts, or switching suppliers to get a better deal.

Hardly surprising since a Competition and Markets Authority study in 2015 revealed 40% of businesses hadn’t switched supplier in the past five years, and 39% had never switched. There is also a lot of money to be saved, with advertisements quoting potential electricity cost reductions of up to 45%.

This is all good news. But while switching supplier may be something that is relatively easy to implement and see the savings, there is another side to reducing energy costs that can provide savings of a similar order.

According to the Carbon Trust, typically, 20% of a business’ annual energy costs are due the use of energy inefficient equipment, and a British Gas survey of 6000 smart meters showed 46% of SME total electricity use is out of hours between 6pm and 8am.

Apart from the obvious financial savings to be made by reducing or resolving these losses, the Streamlined Energy Carbon Reporting scheme is pushing businesses to reduce energy consumption and the UK’s carbon footprint, and of course the general desire in us all to reduce emissions and lessen our impact on the environment.

Thankfully, determining your electricity use, including where and when it is being used as well as identifying energy inefficient equipment, has never been easier thanks to Power and Energy Loggers or PELs.

Modern PELs are compact, lightweight, electronic monitoring instruments used for collecting electrical data. They can be temporarily placed in distribution panels or around the facility without difficulty, and without the need to interrupt the mains supply or shut down the installation or office building first.

PELs gather data and calculate electrical parameters such as 3-phase current, voltage, power and energy, and are also able to indicate phase angle cos φ, tan Φ, power factor, THD and harmonic levels.

They are capable of storing millions of readings, and data can be retrieved locally or remotely via Bluetooth, USB or Ethernet. Combine a number of PELs together for the ability to track several consumption points around the facility, or multiple facilities, without the expense of travel to retrieve the data.

It makes absolute sense to shop around for the best electricity supplier that caters for your needs, and even more sense to resolve efficiency issues and stop wasting it too!

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