Food and Drink energy consumption … in a nutshell

Energy efficiency may not be your bread and butter if you’re in the food and drink industry, and why should it be?

But spiralling energy costs brought about by a range of geopolitical factors in 2019 make it a topic that is never far from the top of the agenda.

As the fourth highest industrial energy user in the UK, according to a report by the Carbon Trust, businesses in the food and drink industry are increasingly recognising the need to lower their energy bills, hedge against future volatility and adopt measures that help them comply with green energy legislation.

Non-energy costs

With analyst forecasts suggesting that Decarbonisation and other government social policies will account for the majority share of energy bills in the near future, compliance and energy efficiency will soon be of equal importance to procurement. The phrase ‘the cheapest unit of energy is the one you never use’ is well-liked at Energy Management, and for good reason.

For many organisations, time poverty means that managing the work required to reduce their energy consumption is an undesirable distraction from their core business activities.

To further compound this, there may also be a lack of energy expertise and distinct skills gap creating barriers to finding savings and implementing reduction initiatives. This is where an expert reputable energy management consultancy can step in to remove these barriers and ease the way forward to effective reductions.

No compromise needed

Energy efficiency may mean different things to many of us, for Energy Management LLP it means reducing energy consumption without compromising business throughput, output or thermal comfort and wellbeing of staff.

Energy drivers can be defined under one of the three core areas responsible for consumption: People, Process or Technology.

    • People– Human influences
    • Process– Policies, procedures, protocols and regimes
    • Technology– Energy consuming plant, machinery and equipment and their associated controls.

Energy Management has the expertise to identify, qualify and quantify the opportunities in all three core areas

Invoice validation is also an area which can help reduce costs; did you know that one in five utility bills are wrong?

Discrepancies can occur on energy invoices, as they can on any type of bill, and, more often than not, such errors go unnoticed or unchallenged. Just like a customer of a restaurant wouldn’t leave without checking the bill was correct the same applies to your energy bill, this is when professional invoice validation can prove helpful, with the potential of saving you hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds.

Procurement of Energy is also an important factor to help you reduce your costs when choosing a supplier.

Simply by following “The five Rs”

    • Right price
    • Right time
    • Right contract type
    • Right terms and conditions
    • Right contract duration

Out-sourcing your energy management may seem like a big step but, with energy costs higher now than they have been for the past two years, we believe understanding and controlling these costs are vital to your business’s future success.

Visible consumption

To continue making energy savings, businesses need to have clear visibility of their energy consumption across the whole asset base thus leading to the ability to act. Bespoke energy management portals such as Energy Management’s EM-Powered allow this to happen, whether your business operates on one site or across multiple locations.

As the name suggests, the portal empowers energy managers to compile an instant overview of their organisation’s actual energy consumption, predicted energy consumption and peak loads in an easily downloadable report.

On gaining a complete understanding of your business’s energy performance, informed decisions can then be made on energy efficiency measures.

Worth the energy

So, whilst energy efficiency might not be your bread and butter there are many things as a business you can do towards following a path of becoming more in control of your energy usage and being more efficient. With such a wide array of benefits on offer, beginning even a small review of your business is anything but a waste of energy.

If you would like further information please contact a member of the team sales@energymanagementltd.com or visit https://www.energymanagementltd.com/contact-us/ to see how we can help your business.

Meet the Team: Lewis Payne

Energy Management has a proud track record in giving young people real work opportunities through its apprenticeship scheme, and Lewis Payne is a shining example of that.

Here, just shy of his second anniversary with Energy Management, Lewis talks about his transition from business admin apprentice to trainee engineer and how working for the company has been massive for his personal development.

1. How long have you been at Energy Management?
I joined Energy Management LLP on the 30th October 2017 as an apprentice in Business Administration through Wiltshire College. Alongside my college work, I started life as a member of the Water Department before becoming a permanent member of the Engineering team (engineering support).

2. Tell us about your Business Administration apprenticeship – what made you take this step?
After completing my A-Levels I wanted to try and find my feet early in an industry which had room to grow and provided endless opportunities to learn. Having never worked in an office before, the apprenticeship scheme set out by Wiltshire College helped me to settle in quickly. It pushed me to carry out tasks involving interaction with customers, suppliers and my colleagues. The team of vastly experienced specialist professionals at Energy Management LLP helped me to pick up an understanding of the industry quickly and recognise my passion for engineering work. The consistent support throughout from the team made the apprenticeship fly by and I couldn’t recommend it enough.

3. What interests you about engineering?
Being part of the engineering team at Energy Management LLP means I get to contribute to a wide range of interesting and complicated projects daily. For example, we are becoming increasingly involved in the installation of EV chargers, a topic that interests me greatly and I’m passionate about being involved in moving forward. I have enjoyed being able to get out of the office and undertake hands-on work, on-site with our ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme) Lead Assessor, to assist with a variety of different site surveys. I have also gained an understanding of the surveying process for lighting reviews, DECs and EPCs.

4. Was the energy sector something you have always been interested in? 
After finally coming to terms with the fact that I wasn’t going to be the next Cristiano Ronaldo/Rory McIlroy, I never expected to be working in the energy industry and to be thoroughly enjoying myself so much at the same time. During my time at school, I found Geography enjoyable and always found myself reading up on the latest renewable energy technologies.

5. What skills have you gained throughout your time at Energy Management so far?
During my time at Energy Management, I have gained a wide range of analytical skills. My job involves a vast amount of data gathering and data interrogation, in order to highlight errors that can save customers large amounts of money. Both my written and verbal communication skills have also improved throughout. This has come from constant interaction with customers, suppliers and colleagues.
Time management is a crucial part of my role and this has improved since the beginning of my apprenticeship. I am managing my own time effectively and able to work to deadlines.

6. What did your Energy Institute level 1 award comprise of?
I thoroughly enjoyed completing my Level 1 Certificate in Energy Management Essentials. In order to complete the course, I had to take an exam and complete an energy audit portfolio which I took great joy in putting together. My portfolio comprised of an energy audit of the office, including air conditioning, detail of carbon reduction opportunities and looking at the current light fittings.
The course covered a variety of topics, my favourites were: energy auditing in practice, energy auditing: report writing and energy management solutions, because they were the most applicable to my job here at Energy Management Ltd.

7. When’s your next certificate?
I am currently working towards achieving my ABBE (Awarding Body of the Built Environment) Level 3 Diploma in Air Conditioning Energy Assessment. After this I am hoping to complete the second stage of my training with the Energy Institute (Level 2 Energy Management Professional). Followed by my level 3 (Advanced Energy Manager); after completing all three I will be eligible to apply to become a chartered Energy Manager.

8. What other training have you taken part in?
I have also undertaken training in ABBE Level 2 Award in Awareness of Legionella, ABBE Level 3 Diploma in Air Conditioning, Energy Assessment and Emergency First Aid at Work. I enjoyed the level 3 award the most as it was a new challenge and I gained further knowledge and skills.

9. What is your favourite part of the job?
Writing our monthly market intelligence report on all the latest geopolitical issues that affect the Power, Gas and Oil markets is my favourite task, as well as being able to share this with our customers.

10. Fun fact …
I jumped out of a plane when I was 18 years old in Salisbury from 10,000 feet, luckily there was a parachute attached to my back!

Thanks, Lewis!

Restore take up the Energy Management challenge

Leading document management services provider, Restore, is running an internal energy-saving competition after teaming up with Energy Management.

Energy is one of the largest controllable overheads in commercial buildings which means there are many opportunities to make savings.

As an environmentally friendly company keen to cut its energy bills, Restore PLC has teamed up with Energy Management to deliver a scheme which aims to reduce energy consumption across their entire UK operation.

Using some of the methods listed below, each of Restore’s 50 plus sites will compete against each other to see which one can achieve the largest drop in measurable consumption over a rolling three-month period.

Energy saving tips

  • Shutdown your computer out of office hours – you could save up to £50 a year per computer shut down
  • Be aware of your surroundings – if you think something needs to change, raise it with senior staff
  • Unplug idle electronics – it is estimated that energy consumed by idle electronics amounts to the annual output of 12 power stations
  • Use air conditioning sparingly
  • Turn off the lights when not in use
  • Only boil the water you need when making your team a cuppa

If your company would like to adopt a similar challenge or needs an energy audit conducting by a certified member of our team, please get in touch on 01225-867722

Exciting partnership gets the green light

Leading energy management consultancy, Energy Management has teamed up with Measure My Energy to help businesses reduce their carbon footprint and save on energy costs.

With people blockading bridges and glueing themselves to vehicles amidst a range of protests designed to accelerate the continued drive towards zero carbonisation, it is hard to escape conversations around energy efficiency at the moment.

For financial and environmental reasons more and more companies are focusing on ways in which they can contribute to the green revolution.

Essential to this goal is the ability to identify when and where energy is spent within a factory or office, across single or multiple sites, which is why Energy Management is delighted to announce our partnership with Measure My Energy.

Acting on our behalf, Measure My Energy install Power Distribution Monitors (PDM’s) that accurately measure consumption to a level of detail that help organisations account for every single pound and pence.

PDM’s enable granularity down to an individual appliance, for example, a furnace – in the case of the high-energy using Cast Metal Industry, giving consumers a real-time picture of the most costly aspects of their day-to-day business.

Energy Management’s highly-trained staff of chartered engineers and energy consultants then analyse and evaluate the data before devising and implementing energy efficiency measures that offer a very quick return on investment.

For instance, one borough council saw a 37% reduction in energy usage after just one month.

Every day the partnership between Energy Management and Measure My Energy is helping businesses to reduce their carbon footprint, increase profits and have a better understanding of energy patterns within their buildings.

Acknowledging the impact that PDM’s have had on his organisation, one Facilities Manager said: “We have used the system to map our energy throughout our organisation, allowing us to pinpoint areas we can make a further saving in the future and giving us details on usage to prove the possible savings before moving forward.”

If you would like to benefit from this service, email: sales@energymanagementltd.com or call one of our team on 01225-867722

5 Things we learnt at Optimus Education’s Effective Financial Management in Schools Conference

Energy Management recently exhibited at Optimus Education’s Effective Financial Management in Schools Conference in London and a number of different energy-related themes were consistently brought up by visitors to our stand.

1. A holistic approach is key
Schools struggle to monitor their consumption across the board – water, electricity and gas – when dealing with multiple suppliers. As lots of schools are located across different sites, this can be problematic and confusing to anyone other than a skilled energy consultant.

2. Time poverty
Schools do not have time to procure energy effectively meaning they often get bad deals. We talked to representatives from schools who spent two days every three years procuring energy contracts; we do it 24/7, 365 days a year and pride ourselves in our ability to get the best price and best terms. Outsourcing procurement frees up time for schools to concentrate on their day-to-day core business activities.

3. Legislation minefield
We came across a few schools that were wrapped up in a minefield of red tape around compliance. Applying for VAT Decs was one specific problem identified by conference attendees. We have the skilled staff to sort out these headaches for you.

4. Energy efficiency issues
Becoming more energy efficient is a constant struggle for schools, especially older ones with Victorian-style heating systems and the lack of double-glazing. Opportunities to reduce consumption still exist though and a free energy efficiency health check workshop could help identify areas that work for you.

5. Positioning is everything!
We found schools were not constantly monitoring the energy market. Positioning yourself to be able to procure your energy at the correct time in the year is vital to cutting costs, whilst also enabling effective long-term budget management. Did you know you can secure your next renewal up to two years in advance?

Recognise any of the above issues? Working with Energy Management will not help your organisation become more energy efficient without any detriment to your output or the wellbeing of staff, but could also save you thousands of ££s.

To find out more about Optimus Education conferences, click here.

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Free Business Energy Health Check

An Energy Management health check workshop will cost you nothing but could save you thousands of pounds.

A Senior Energy Management certified assessor will visit your organisation and present his/her ideas over the course of a morning or afternoon with the aim of highlighting energy efficiency projects that can be easily implemented with little or no capital expenditure.

Sky-high wholesale gas and electricity prices have placed even greater emphasis on organisations to become more energy efficient, especially those coming off energy contracts that were fixed when prices were comparatively low, so we would like to take this opportunity to share our knowledge and expertise in this area with you.

Energy efficiency may mean different things to many of us but for Energy Management LLP it means reducing energy consumption without compromising business throughput, output or thermal comfort and wellbeing of staff.

If you would like to hear how this can be achieved, please contact Nick Phillips on np@energymanagementltd.co.uk or call 07889-534290