There’s been a major shift in the way electricity is being generated and consumed in the UK, which is having a big impact on businesses of all sizes.
New figures show the amount of electricity generated in the UK last year fell to its lowest level in 25 years. At the same time, output from renewable sources rose to a record high, generating an estimated 33% of the UK total in 2018.
In combination with nuclear, low-carbon sources contributed 53% of UK generation in 2018, with the share from fossil fuels at its lowest ever.
There are several known contributory factors to the decline in UK electricity generation and demand since 2005. They include product energy efficiency regulations, energy efficient lighting, environmentally conscious consumers and economic restructuring, including offshoring of energy-intensive industries.
While the benefits of using low carbon technology are clear, what might not be so obvious is that it can also help to safeguard the future of yo ur business.
There is significant untapped potential for businesses to continue cutting their electricity use by replacing old appliances at the end of their lives with the latest models and upgrading their equipment to the latest technologies.
The figures underline the continuing shift towards more sustainable energy sources and the fact that consumers and businesses alike are now looking at more efficient ways of generating and consuming electricity.
With less electricity being produced overall, and more from renewable sources, it’s critical that users find ways to reduce their consumption… or risk not being able to access enough electricity to meet their needs.
How HVAC can help your business become more energy efficient
When it comes to HVAC, energy efficiency is a hot topic.
Heating and cooling accounts for half of the EU’s energy consumption, which means that an efficient system can not only increase productivity and profits, but also have a big impact on your carbon footprint and energy bills.
To ensure you have the best HVAC system, here are some top tips to improve your energy efficiency, helping to keep bills low and profits high.
The first step is to ensure that your HVAC system is right for your building and business.
For example, buildings with high ceilings can install destratification fans that blow warm air to ground level to reduce their energy consumption by up to 20%.
In addition, you should also make sure your system doesn’t waste energy in unneeded places.
For instance, even though good ventilation is essential, it accounts for near 30% of heat loss in most commercial buildings.
Making the most of the latest technologies can also help.
As a Daikin D1 Diamond Business Partner, we have access to the very latest innovations and equipment, including its Altherma heat exchange systems, which extract renewable energy from the air, to provide heating and hot water to your premises in a much more efficient and sustainable way.
Air-to-water high temperature heat pumps are ideal for renovations and for replacing old boilers. Their compact design requires minimal installation space and integrates seamlessly with your existing piping and radiators.
It means you can enjoy the energy efficiency of a heat pump without having to replace your entire system.
Powered by 65% renewable energy extracted from the air and 35% electricity, they have an A+ energy efficiency label, to help increase energy and cost savings.
We also recently made the switch to R32, a more energy efficient refrigerant than R410A, which is currently the standard option in the industry.
R32 has been used in Japan for more than two years and is rapidly gaining popularity in the UK.
Unlike R410A, R32 is made from a single component, which makes it easier to use, handle and recycle because the ingredients don’t separate. It has lower toxicity levels and is more difficult to ignite, making it safer to use within commercial and residential premises.
And with a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of 675, R32 is less than half of R410A, which has a GWP of over 2,000. By 2025 any gas with over 750 GWP will not be allowed in low-charge split air conditioning systems, so R32 provides a great way to future-proof your business.
Finally, one of the biggest energy efficiency tips relies on temperature control.
Most of us know that lowering temperatures can save energy – but it can be surprising to see the difference this can make.
By lowering set points by just 1°C, you can reduce your annual heating bill by up to eight per cent.
Smart technology and digitalisation of HVAC systems hold the key to harnessing ideal set temperatures for your system.
By monitoring your system, smart technology can give you the information about its operation, optimum temperatures and where energy is being wasted. With this, you can easily adjust the system to suit your business and needs, saving an average of 23% energy consumption in your premises.
How PCPM can help
At PCPM, we believe in providing energy efficient HVAC solutions to meet your exact requirements.
With complete project management, from design to installation, we ensure that your business benefits from reliable and efficient solutions built to last.
Ready to unlock the benefits of an energy efficient HVAC solution? Talk to our team today.