Posts Tagged ‘Energy Prices’

Top Ten Tips on Energy Efficiency for Businesses

May 28th, 2010

Managementtoday.com recently had a very interesting post regarding UK businesses and the importance of energy saving – most of the points apply to all businesses wherever they are based, although some points do apply only to UK businesses .

By reducing their dependence on energy, businesses can cut costs, improve reputation, and stay one step ahead of environmental compliance.

Managementtoday asked Hugh Jones, director of solutions at the UK’s Carbon Trust, for his top 10 tips:

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Energy Efficiency – The Key To Sustainability

January 18th, 2010

A interesting article has appeared in Water, Energy & Environment magazine (which can be read online here) it reproduced for you to enjoy – go to the site if you wish to subscribe to the magazine:

John Osborne at BSI (British Standards Institute) Training encourages organisations to think of energy management as business critical for cost reasons, but equally important as a means to embed sustainability and change across a workforce…

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Energy Efficiency For Empire State

December 16th, 2009

new-york-sealA New York State board has recommended an energy plan to make energy more affordable, particularly through energy efficiency.

In an Energy Efficiency Assesment report issued on Tuesday (click here to see report) New York State provided very interesting recommendations that could move the Empire State to the lead position in the US as far as a clean energy economy is concerned and it makes financial sense as well.

The plan recommends energy efficiency as a major focus for commerce and industry and a new state building code that would also require stricter energy efficiency. Not only will this bring environmental benefits but the costing is a no-brainer, as the return on investment in energy efficiency is substantial – to quote the report:

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CFL Concerns Answered

October 13th, 2009

cfl_lampA great article has appeared in The Oklahoman newspaper, addressing some of the concerns regarding using energy saving CFL lights. Here is the article in full:

It is time to get the facts and the myths about compact fluorescent bulbs — CFLs — to address the concerns, questions and rumors that seem to be everywhere these days.

And because I often hear from readers complaining that the CFLs they buy never last very long, I tried to find out the best ways to use the bulbs so they reach the promised lifetimes their manufacturers claim. Consider the following:

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60% Energy Price Increase

October 9th, 2009
British utility price could rise by as much as 60% during the next 10-15 years according to the “Energy Market Scenarios” report produced by the Office of gas and electricity markets (Ofgem) a UK government regulator.
This story could be from any nation as every region has the same problems an we all need to be more energy efficient.
The report highlights the problem of being able to supply the needed power, and many countries face that problem currently. The challenges we face can be reduced by energy efficiency.
Ofgem report that, just in the UK, investment of over £200bn is needed in power-plants plus other energy infrastructures during the next 10-15 years to be able to avoid energy shortages and meet climate change targets. Consistencies of supply and energy security form two major concerns.
Many countries have to import energy, gas and electricity, meaning energy and gas supply is dependent on other government’s readiness and stability to keep the current flowing. This means that supply disruption across the world affects energy costs.
Ofgem’s report also highlighted that energy suppliers face a twofold challenge of renewing or replacing old power-stations, while also deal with increasing volatility in worldwide gas markets, hence they would likely be forced to raise bills to meet future supply demands and carbon goals.
We can have an impact on this right away by becoming more energy efficient. Energy efficiency reduces demand, easing the urgency for new power production plants, allowing more consistent supply while reducing green house gas emissions.
Energy efficient products and tools are also far cheaper than constructing more power-plants, also allowing retrofit of energy inefficient older buildings.
It is important that we start to use smart meters with visual displays to help us to see what we are doing, why we are doing it and what we are achieving.
In commerce and industry something more is needed, an advance meter like Enigin’s Eniscope which takes report energy data a step up from regular smart metering. The Eniscope allows very precise decision making, knowledge is power in this case. Decisions can be made by business owners based on what real-time and historical data. What to do and where energy efficiency steps can be made to reduce escalating energy bills.
If you can see what is going on then you can measure it and make accurate changes for the good. Commerce and industry can make solid financial decisions to help to increase or protect the bottom line and reach environmental targets.
It seems whatever we do energy prices will go up, but we can do something by becoming energy efficient and, although energy prices will rise, we will be able to lessen our energy costs, leading to a secure future energy-wise and a environmentally.

Smart MeteringBritish utility prices could rise by as much as 60% during the next 10-15 years according to the “Energy Market Scenarios” report produced by the Office of gas and electricity markets (Ofgem) a UK government regulator.

This story could be from any nation as every region has the same problems an we all need to be more energy efficient.

The report highlights the problem of being able to supply the needed power, and many countries face that problem currently. The challenges we face can be reduced by energy efficiency.

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