Reduce Energy Costs with the Energy Hierarchy | Our Property Bear
Updated: Jun 19
Are your energy costs out of control?
Are you looking for ways to reduce them, but don't know where to start?
Well, the Energy Hierarchy is here to help. Our Property Bear's in-depth approach will have you on your way towards drastically reducing your energy costs and keeping more money within your business.
This easy-to-follow guide outlines all the significant steps needed to make progress towards a low-energy system for commercial buildings and facilities that can increase profitability and stimulate growth.
Keep reading to find out how this valuable tool blend prevention with cost reduction techniques – ensuring lasting savings -- so that you can get back on track with operations quickly!
Saving energy is one of the most effective ways to achieve this goal. So, how can you do it?
The answer is simple: follow the "Energy Hierarchy."
This framework was first introduced in 1998, and updated in 2009 and 2019 to meet the "zero net emissions" targets. The latest version emphasizes reducing energy demand and improving efficiency.
The Energy Hierarchy outlines a step-by-step guide for tackling energy issues:
Reduce Energy Demand: Start by eliminating the need for energy. Use smart meters and submeters to track your energy use and make behavioural changes. Survey your building and target "quick wins" to get started.
Energy Efficiency: Once you've reduced energy demand, focus on getting the most out of every kWh. Improve insulation and windows to reduce heat loss, eliminate draughts, and target anything that heats or cools. Maintenance, controls, and training can also create instant savings.
Use Renewable Resources: Once you've improved efficiency, choose the best renewable technology for your building based on your energy data. Consider solar PV, solar thermal, wind, hydropower, geothermal, or bioenergy.
Use Low Greenhouse Gas Emitting Resources: Focus on electrifying heat in your building by using air and ground source heat pumps, generating electricity from renewable sources. Move away from gas to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Use Conventional Resources: Change is necessary, but some buildings may pose challenges. However, by following the Energy Hierarchy, we can all do our part to help.
Implementing these steps can be challenging, but we are here to make it easier.
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