Step 3: Assess energy use

Find the best energy deal

Analyse your energy bills for the past 2 years – electricity, gas, vehicle fuel, coal, wood and any other type of energy you use. Your energy retailers should be able to provide digital records of usage and payments.

Energy bills usually show two charges – the amount of energy supplied and a fixed daily charge. Plot both these charges from the past 2 years on a graph and see if there are any trends or spikes to investigate further.

Find the best energy deal

Find out what your staff think

Staff hold important knowledge about what actually happens in the front line.

As part of your assessment, carry out a short survey to find out what staff think about energy and climate change, what will motivate them to save energy and what problems you might come across when you implement your energy plan.

If you set up an energy team as part of the foundations phase, this is a great way to kick off their work programme.

Harness the power of your staff

 

Set up a Monitoring and Targeting Programme

When energy becomes a significant portion of your operational costs, a specific programme to monitor and target (M&T) energy use starts to make economic sense.

An M&T programme divides your business into energy cost centres. Closely monitoring each cost centre and comparing energy use with key outputs helps you set targets, spot variances and take action.

M&T is usually overseen by an energy manager. Collaboration with an external consultant or an M&T software provider can help your business extract more value out of the programme.

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High-impact actions 

No matter how big your office, building or plant, there are opportunities to save on your energy bill and reduce emissions. Get staff on board and push towards the low-emissions economy.

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Next step: Evaluate and keep moving