Energy is a valuable commodity, yet it takes energy to make energy. The smartest thing is to use less of it (electricity, heating, water, and fossil fuel) in the first place. Take, for example, a rabbit. It will only move at the last minute when it has decided when and how is the most effective way to avoid you, or a predator. It knows it will be expending a lot of energy, and will only do so when needed because it also knows it will need to eat a lot of food to make up the expenditure. For us to achieve this level of energy conservation means doing things differently than how things were done in the 20th century when all types of energies were plentiful. This is no longer the case.
Shortages create the need for innovation. New technology uses about 75% less energy with superior results. It is also better designed, more compact, less noisy, uses less material, and costs less to operate.
Governments are providing rebates to encourage the adoption of new technologies that are more expensive to buy than the status quo such as LED lights to switch from incandescent or fluorescent lights. Rebates also drive down their price so that they become more affordable. The government benefits from the reduced demand on the grid, and maintain customer satisfaction with virtually no increase in billings.
Lower energy consumption has other benefits, too, such as savings in unrelated areas that requires a holistic view rather than focusing solely on the return on investment (ROI). For example, when you switch to LED lighting, expect your air conditioning to start later than before LED. LED lighting has better illumination which improves your work environment, and this increases employee productivity.
Another energy conservation factor is having living plants in the workplace. In addition to cleaning the air of airborne pollutants and increasing oxygen, plants in front of windows warm or cool the air by up to 6 degrees C, which reduce energy consumption.
An executive perspective is needed to see the holistic benefits of consuming less energy. With executive leadership the corporate culture is quickly transformed to one of energy conservation from the top down.
Energy conservation reduces operational costs, improves services, products, and productivity without painful cuts. It is about profit, people, and planet together.
Contact us for more information. SMV Energy Solutions has the expertise to help your company benefit from energy conservation.