Monday, 30 November 2015

Efficiency, efficiency, efficiency

Efficiency, Efficiency, Efficiency

The need for manufacturers to produce as efficiently as possible has seen a huge rise in the search for  "energy efficiency".

No matter what market sector you are in, the cost of energy is a major player on the balance sheet.  

If we look at the supermarket sector, Carbon Trust reports that refrigerated display cabinets are estimated to use a minimum of 5,800 GWh of energy each year. 

Yes, you did read that right, and it represents almost 10% of the total power generation of Scotland. 


“The energy consumption of supermarkets will depend on business practices, store format, product mix, shopping activity and the equipment used for in-store food preparation, preservation and display. The electrical energy consumption can vary widely from around 700 kWh/m2 sales area in hypermarkets to over 2000 kWh/m2 sales area in convenience stores. The refrigeration systems account for between 30% and 60% of the electricity used”. 

This statement of fact does not include the supporting industries involved?

Agriculture, food manufacture, packaging materials, transport, datacentres, electrical generation, HVAC, construction, industrial manufacture……..the list goes on and on.

Manufacturers have little choice but to continually improve their processes in order to remain competitive. Automation, reduction in labour, increased processing efficiency have now been joined by energy audits as a legal requirement. 

The Carbon Trust advise that

“Before 5 December 2015 every large enterprise in the UK will, by law, have to undertake an energy audit. This audit will then have to be repeated every four years. The law itself is the UK bringing into force Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive”.

Energy audit professionals are undertaking a variety of inspection services (including TM44 Aircon) and will generally provide valuable information regarding potential improvements.

However, Carbon Trust go on to say

“In our experience approximately three out of every five cost-effective, technically viable energy efficiency recommendations go unimplemented. Upgrading lighting, heating and industrial processes can transform a business, but these opportunities are often overlooked by executive teams more focused on revenue generation than cutting costs”.

Revenue generation is important to any business.  But revenue generation at reduced cost should be the key decision maker for any business.

The release of the film “Steve Jobs” gives an interesting insight into the man that built one of the most iconic brands in the modern world. We have selected two of his quotes which could relate to any business:

“We’re just enthusiastic about what we do.”

You may not have the budget to push that improvement through but look at the facts and see just what you can have with the potential cost savings. It will generate a lot of enthusiasm

“Things don’t have to change the world to be important.”

The MD of a local company once asked his staff to commit to a project called QED.  QED stood for “quid each day” which asked all personnel to suggest how the business could save a minimum of £1.00 each day. The result? A significant drop in overhead cost by implementing common sense improvements suggested by the people closest to the problem.

RABScreens are doing that.

We are bringing a new product to the market which was discovered by Managing Director, Richard Betts in 2012. 

With a background in Building Services Support, his enthusiasm has helped to develop a new external filtration market. And it is a small investment that saves a lot of energy whilst improving asset life.

"Makes total sense, well from an engineers point of view anyway...... protect your Condensers, guys, I'm not going to harp on about the benefits here as there are more qualified people on here that ramble up the calcs, but I know from recent experience the screens work :)"   - Dave Lewis - Tech Services (HVAC) Limited

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