Without a doubt, energy efficiency is the cheapest energy choice. The trouble is, using less energy is only discussed if you’re a player in the energy sector already as to most people, being energy-conscious begins with recycling more and ends with investing thousands of pounds into renewable energy. Most buildings were designed before the world got savvy with energy usage and therefore new builds score highly on environmental ranking while your workplace lags behind, unless you do something about it.
The ‘fifth fuel’ of energy efficiency is the easiest, cheapest and most instantly rewarding way to emit less poisonous gas into the atmosphere. Technology allows us to keep moving forward – you can adapt to your existing building and thereby evade the turbulence of moving or the expense of switching your entire operation to renewable energy. Like British Gas’ ‘Hive’ product, installing a control system for your business’ heating will enable you to waste less energy without the anxiety that comes along with manual controls. Once you’ve programmed your heating with a management system that calculates the most efficient way to heat your place of work, you never have to touch it again. Less interference – in this case – equals more energy saving.
It’s understandable that the UK should be looking into ways to generate ‘cleaner’ energy but for everyday businesses wanting to follow a 21st century business model, the fifth fuel of energy efficiency is maddeningly under-represented. For years – decades even, the subject has been skirted around because we’ve received the message that being environmentally friendly is a costly, ‘left-wing’, difficult pursuit, when in reality it’s none of the above. In fact, we all perform the same function in our homes! It’s also a case of economics as there is money to be made for numerous heads in the arena of renewable investment, unlike the easy option of just choosing not to waste energy. But being energy smart doesn’t mean going without, it means utilising CleanTech to bring your energy bills down and your green credentials up. We’ve begun to question the energy credentials of the cars we buy so it’s time to do the same with our workplaces.
Plus, the NHS spends more than £20 billion a year on rectifying health issues induced by air pollution so it’s time to get serious and shout about the fifth fuel as it’s the only energy option you can enact immediately.
Let’s choose not to live in a post-truth world; let’s act upon the advice of experts instead.