The British transport industry is missing out on savings of up to 80%* on its energy bills – even during mild summer months on energy it doesn’t need and is being urged to realign its energy systems to ultimately save money – sometimes as much as £34,000 which is equivalent to savings of 1,120,310 kWh and represents a reduction in CO2 emissions of 206 tonnes.
Vickers Energy Group is calling for the changes after it carried out a study into wasted energy usage in the sector during the summer months when typically, energy bills are not top of the news or businesses agenda. Vickers analysed the output on various industrial units and the unnecessary energy that was being used during summer months. The results clearly show that energy systems are not being managed properly and, that they are in fact, in operation for too long a period or at a higher temperature than they need to be. If changes to the systems are made including better management of temperature throughout a building and regulation of the heating across different temperature zones then savings can be made.
The results follow on from predictions that this summer is set to be the hottest on record in the UK*. As a result businesses need to plan their strategy for the forthcoming months and ensure that they have the right tools in place to ensure that their environment is working positively.
Commentating on the results of the research David Hilton, Vickers Energy Group MD, said: “Many companies fall into the trap of forgetting about their energy bills during the summer months. This is the most important time to review it and ensure that the system in place is one that works properly and doesn’t present huge bills and consumption. Summer is the time when businesses should be considering whether their heating system regulates consumption across the different zones at the same time. We are campaigning for a total re think of energy policies as our research clearly shows that businesses across the UK could be saving millions. It’s no use putting it on the back burner until autumn when consumption typically increases and bills rise even further. The UK transport industry as a whole has to take more responsibility for its energy consumption and ensure that is it cutting down where it can, and maintaining the correct working environment.”
Through a single centralised control unit the Vickers Energy System regulates the heating across different temperature zones to the nearest kilowatt hour, without the need for different systems, clock settings or equipment. It is approved by the Carbon Trust and its highly accurate digital sensors are positioned throughout the buildings and calibrated to ensure 0.1degree accuracy. The system is self-learning and uses predictive tools to constantly adapt heat settings to maintain the required temperatures in every zone of the building. It automatically factors in unpredictable issues such as the weather, open doors, manual errors, machinery malfunctions and more and is controlled remotely by Vickers in its Manchester offices.