Vladimir Pushmin
CPO and Co-Founder, Arloid Automation

Top 5 Energy Saving Tips for Your Building

Whatever the function of your building, cutting back on energy usage should be high on the agenda. With energy prices soaring, businesses who take control of their energy usage take control of their bottom line. This is especially true when you consider that 54% of the energy produced in the UK is wasted, and similar figures are seen across the world (source).

Why pay for something you don’t need? At Arloid, we know that optimal conditions and performance can be maintained without energy bills that cost the earth. Whatever your sector, whatever the scale of your building, we’ve got some energy saving tips for you.

Importance of Saving Energy in Buildings

Buildings are responsible for 40% of global energy consumption, and 33% of greenhouse gas emissions (source). Those are both large and worrying figures, but they also represent significant opportunities to address our impact on the climate. With much of the energy we produce getting wasted, the energy usage of utilities is one of the key areas businesses and organisations across the world should be looking to target with their sustainability efforts. In fact, many see energy efficiency in real estate as central to the global race to Net Zero. And it’s not just about the climate; reducing energy consumption will cut your bills, benefitting your business’ cash flow and bottom line. With worldwide fuel and energy prices rapidly increasing, it’s never been a better time to cut back.

How to Save Energy in Buildings

Looking to save but don’t know where to begin? Below, our energy saving experts outline 5 top tips to get you going.

1. Understand Current Usage

Measuring the impact of your energy saving programme is important, so take the time to understand your current usage before implementing any changes. This will enable you to identify what is working, what areas need improvements, and how energy is being wasted. It will also provide you with tangible evidence and data in the future to present to stakeholders to demonstrate the difference your methods are making within the organisation in terms of sustainability and cost reduction. Once you know where your energy usage stands now, you can plot your future targets and plan how you will meet them.

2. Replace Lighting & Inefficient Equipment

Upgrading light fittings across your building is a quick and easy way to dramatically cut your energy costs. According to research, lighting consumes 18% of the UK’s electricity, and is likely to be a large proportion of your building’s energy consumption too. Traditional or incandescent light bulbs convert only around 5% of the energy they consume into heat, and halogen bulbs aren’t much better. There are plenty of energy efficient alternatives on the market, such as compact fluorescent lamps which use 70-80% less energy than traditional bulbs, and LEDs which are more efficient still (source).

Whilst replacing lighting, it’s also worth assessing whether any other equipment you use is out-of-date and might require upgrading. Technology is always on the move, and evolving your equipment with the latest updates will ensure your business is always operating at peak performance. More than that, with the rise of green technology and cleantech, there are many smart technologies on the market that will support your energy saving mission.

3. Generate Own Energy

Many buildings both commercial and domestic are attempting to lessen their dependence on the National Grid by generating their own renewable energy. You could look into installing solar panels, wind turbines if your site is big enough, or even biomass boilers. With a range of technologies available, it’s never been easier to decarbonise your building. In fact, there are a range of government incentives available in the UK intended to encourage localised energy production. The Feed in Tariff, for example, provides an income for every unit of electricity generated through approved technologies. Reduced costs and extra revenue? Clearly, own energy generation represents a significant financial opportunity.

4. Optimise Building Management

Maintaining the internal environment of your building is important, but many heating, air conditioning and ventilation (HVAC) systems are underperforming and inefficient. Not only does this mean they aren’t providing the right level of occupant comfort, but it also means you may be wasting vast amounts of energy cooling, heating, or ventilating parts of the building unnecessarily. Manual scheduling doesn’t deliver the right solution, and nor do optimisation technologies fuelled by legacy data. So, what’s the answer? We think it lies with artificial intelligence (AI).

AI has the potential to transform building management, proactively altering HVAC settings in response to conditions, restoring the right balance before occupants even notice a change is needed. Using an advanced algorithm that works using live data in real time, AI can deliver optimal HVAC performance – creating a more comfortable and more efficient building at the same time. Also, this model requires no additional investment, as it applies to your existing systems, so is quick and easy to deploy.

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5. Cultivate Energy Awareness

Our final tip is about engagement. Changing people’s habits and behaviours is not an easy task, but doing so is essential if your energy saving programme is to truly take hold across your organisation. Create posters explaining what you’re trying to do and display them throughout the building. This can explain to tenants or employees how they can contribute to the mission and benefit from it in turn. You could also send out company newsletters with all the relevant information. To make saving energy even easier, why not also consider putting colourful and eye-catching reminders near light switches and appliances? This will encourage occupants to turn things off when not in use, a significant source of wasted energy.

Create an Energy Efficient Building with Innovative AI

If you want to make a tangible change to your energy consumption, AI holds the solution. Available with no upfront costs, Arloid’s cutting-edge AI technology can enable you to cut utility bills by 30% in just 60 days.

Want to start saving? Get in touch with us today!

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