When businesses tackle cost reductions, they learn that one of their most prominent items is energy consumption. Some studies reflect that 86% pay overruns on their energy bill, which not only affects their profit and loss account, but also makes consumption less responsible and harmful to the environment.

Therefore, it becomes essential to follow a pattern of energy efficiency measures to promote responsible and sustainable consumption. The first one is to carry out an energy audit, which gathers all information, indicates where savings can be most fulfilled and makes the most of that already existing. As far as the industry is concerned, energy consumption could decrease from 10% to 20% using its current systems.

The second measure would affect low efficient devices, which should be substituted for low energy systems and, in the event of leaks, they ought to be repaired. Small gestures can also be performed to reduce consumption significantly, such as using natural light or switching off artificial light if it is not being used. In this sense, it is interesting to automatize these systems because then energy saving will increase.

In the same way as light, it is important to turn off computer equipment (not only computers but also printers and photocopiers) whether they are not being used, as well as purchasing the corresponding low consumption systems.

Enhancing heating, ventilation and air conditioning would stand as the third pillar of energy saving in your business or industry. By means of window insulation, the use of automatic doors or the insulation of roofs and façades, cold air and heat leaks are much reduced and either heating or air conditioning do not have to be set that high. HVAC systems (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) betting on energy efficiency, enhancing distribution and regulating temperature can also be installed.

In the specific case of the industry, the inspection of engines becomes necessary if we want to use the correct power; if necessary, substitute them for low energy systems; locate compressors as close to the required points as possible; insulate constructions adequately and with good hermetic closures, amongst other measures. Besides, inspect systems regularly in order to avoid losses, optimize systems and avoid failures, which may overload the energy network.

Another good practice, which has to be incorporated into the business, regards vehicles. A fleet maintenance plan, planning routes seeking consumption efficiency, implementing fuel-efficient driving techniques or substituting fleet vehicles for ones that are more efficient, hybrid or electric, are only a few measures that can be applied.

Other measures can be added to these ones, such as the introduction of renewable energies, through biomass and solar panels; the incorporation of bioclimatic architecture criteria (a bioclimatic building uses between 40% and 60% less energy), whenever a new building has to be constructed; or the fulfilment of a correct waste management. And above all, implant in your business a true commitment for energy efficiency where everyone gets involved, from executives to employees, by way of training and information. Train them to incorporate energy efficiency into their habits and spread information so that they become aware of the improvements achieved, thus appreciating the efforts taken on your behalf.