1. Measuring your consumptions
Measuring the energy consumption of buildings is the first step in any effort to improve the energy efficiency of a building. Measurements are in fact high-performance indicators that allow you to monitor the operation of your energy systems (electricity, heating, domestic hot water boiler, ventilation, etc.) and to optimize the operation of each system.
In the long term, measuring your energy consumption is a way of assessing the energy savings achieved, in the light of the objectives you have set. It is possible to adapt the precision of the segmentation of the measurements according to your needs. For example, you can divide the meters to collect specific data on consumption related to the ventilation or heat system.
2. Make them visible to your employees
The display of energy data is a key factor in the success of a corporate energy efficiency improvement plan. Business leaders who choose to make this data available are likely to obtain results that will add to the results of practical actions taken to reduce energy consumption and improve energy efficiency. These savings are estimated at 10%.
Why is the display of energy consumption data so effective? Employees are gradually being made aware of their individual ecological footprint. The simple fact of observing the results in a very practical way, via diagrams for example, involves them and encourages them to change their habits, for example with regard to the propagation of heat in the rooms.
3.Integrate renewable energies into your energy optimization plan
The integration of renewable energies certainly requires more reflection on your approach to improving the energy efficiency of your buildings. The start-up cost may prove to be more important.
But the long-term objective of using renewable energies anchors you in a better sustainable energy policy: you are gradually reducing the external energy input. Your consumption is then supported by your own production: you save energy.
4. Using an energy management solution to improve energy efficiency
What if the installation of equipment dedicated to measuring and optimizing energy consumption allowed you to reach your goal of improving the energy efficiency of your building, without any thermal renovation or insulation work?
These intelligent systems for managing and reducing energy consumption are indeed a good alternative to implementing insulation work or changing windows or the heating system, for example, which can be costly and time-consuming. Some types of buildings can postpone work such as this for a few years by opting for a consumption management solution.
From a simple heating thermostat to a complete building thermal management system, this equipment provides an effective response to any energy optimization approach. This is notably the case with the BMS (Building Management System), which provides information on the energy consumption of each item of energy expenditure in the buildings equipped (electricity, heating, hot water, etc.). Easy to use, it informs you about the level of indoor air quality, the floor temperature, the average consumption of your electrical equipment etc.
The implementation of a new BMS system allows you to save energy in the long term, while improving the comfort inside your buildings. The energy efficiency of your buildings is permanently improved. You can control it by yourself, so you have all the cards in hand to make it a competitive criterion for your company.