Large company saves with better information
Know you can make energy savings but don’t know where to start? Companies like DETA Consulting can help. They started with an with an energy audit to work out how and where energy was being used. “An audit gathers robust information on how energy is being used throughout the plant so we can see opportunities to improve and help staff make better day-to-day decisions,” says managing director Jonathan Pooch. Rather than waiting for monthly invoices, DETA provided the company with real time energy information from an online metering system so inefficiencies could be corrected straight away. Reporting included a high level interpretation that any staff member could understand. “Kilowatt hours are very hard for an average person – you can’t see or feel them.
We translate technical information into tangibles, such as how many barrels of hot water you saved or how many cars we took off the road,” says Jonathan. “Then people can see the benefits of their decisions, such as switching off equipment at night saved five houses-worth of power. That’s worth the effort.” He expects to save large industrial sites 5 percent of their energy bills. “Ten percent is a good target.” He’s seen 50 percent savings in some large commercial buildings.