En­ergy bill busters give a com­pet­i­tive edge

Sunday Star-Times - - BUSINESS NEWS -

Many busi­nesses think of en­ergy as a fixed cost but it doesn’t have to be. The bills for elec­tric­ity and fuel come in each month, man­agers wish they were smaller but pay them any­way.

“Any busi­ness that pays for en­ergy has an op­por­tu­nity to re­duce that bill,” says Richard Briggs, man­ager of pro­gramme part­ner­ships at The En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency and Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity (EECA). “The big­ger the bill, the big­ger the op­por­tu­nity.” Com­par­ing your­self with sim­i­lar busi­nesses in your sec­tor is a good place to start. “Bench­mark­ing is a re­ally good knowl­edge tool,” says Richard. “You’re go­ing to be a lot more com­pet­i­tive if you’re us­ing en­ergy well.”

Busi­nesses of all sizes can get bench­mark­ing com­par­isons and other in­sights by us­ing the En­ergy Man­age­ment Jour­ney tool on the EECA Busi­ness web­site. If you plug in in­for­ma­tion in­clud­ing your lo­ca­tion, sec­tor, en­ergy spend and at­ti­tude to en­ergy, it draws on na­tional data about en­ergy con­sump­tion to sug­gest ways to re­duce en­ergy costs in your busi­ness.

For busi­nesses that spend more than $100,000 on en­ergy a year, it’s worth tak­ing the next step and bring­ing in ex­per­tise.

“A good en­ergy man­ager has worked with so many busi­nesses they know where the quick wins are,” says Richard. “Th­ese are dif­fer­ent for ev­ery busi­ness – it could be LED light­ing for one and hot wa­ter sys­tems for an­other.

They look ob­jec­tively at the whole pic­ture, and of­ten sug­gest so­lu­tions you hadn’t thought of.”

Find the En­ergy Man­age­ment Jour­ney tool and a Pro­gramme Part­ner di­rec­tory of en­ergy man­age­ment ex­perts at www.eecabusi­ness.govt.nz.

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