At Ecoprod we’re proud members of the Planet Mark scheme (as we’ve written about here before). One of the big benefits of this scheme is that it enables us to work with other organisations that share our values. One such organisation is Ineco Energy – Ineco Energy’s mission is to deliver sustainable energy solutions for future generations. It specialises in deploying and managing technologies that cut clients’ costs and carbon. With that in mind, Ineco Energy Director Adam Peat has written this guest blog for us, outlining five ways that technology can help organisations reduce their carbon footprint.
Make your energy use visible
You can’t manage what you can’t measure, or so the saying goes, but actually measuring energy only makes it more visible, it’s what you do with the information that will really create results.
Identifying when your energy is being used, when it shouldn’t be, and then taking action to switch off or turn down your equipment can achieve significant financial savings. Additionally, improving your energy efficiency through energy monitoring solutions means you’ll consume less energy and directly reduce your carbon emissions.
The Electric Vehicle (EV) market continues phenomenal growth with pure-electric vehicles accounting for almost 7% of new car registrations to September 2020, up 127% on the first 9 months of 2019.
If your business has car parking, then why not upgrade this asset to provide more for your staff and visitors? Installing EV charging may not only enhance customer service and employee satisfaction but could also generate a new income stream.
Ineco Energy can deliver EV charging solutions for anyone who wants to be able to charge their electric or hybrid vehicle.
Reduce water use
When we think of reducing carbon emissions most of us think of activities that reduce energy use, but the connection between the production of energy and water usage is rarely drawn.
Reducing water use, particularly using less hot water, can make a big difference to an organisation’s carbon footprint. For example, using a bowl for washing up rather than running a tap can save roughly 666kg of CO2 a year. Waterwise estimates that if UK building regulations adopted a mandatory target of 85 litres per day this would result in a saving of 55.9 million tonnes of CO2 emissions over 25 years – roughly equivalent to taking a million cars off the road for each one the years in that period.
Water saving technology such as waterless urinals, sensor taps and low flow showers can make a big difference, but simple behavioural changes that focus on encouraging employees to use less water and which work with the infrastructure you already have can be just as important.
Switch to LED lighting
LED lights use up to 80% less energy than older lighting technologies and have enhanced light quality. This reduction in electricity use translates directly into financial savings through lower energy bills, and using less energy means that more carbon is saved.
Your new LED lighting system will improve light quality, generate energy savings, lower your energy bills, reduce your carbon and improve your health and safety.
Generate your own energy
Convert sunlight into clean energy with a solar PV system designed, installed and maintained by Ineco Energy. Generating your own onsite renewable electricity will reduce your spend on grid-supplied electricity and provides immediate carbon savings.
With an annual return on investment of 15-20% you can expect your investment to pay for itself within five years and generate your own electricity for at least 25 years! Most buildings have unused assets in their empty roof spaces, so why not make the most of them by installing your own solar PV power plant?