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The lights are on, but is anyone home?


The unnecessary use of lighting and heating means businesses are losing millions of pounds a year, but a solution is at hand in the shape of a wireless energy management system, which could make your organisation


more environmentally friendly while reducing vital costs. It’s often hard to tell if businesses are open or closed nowadays. Walk down any high street after 7pm and you could be fooled into thinking that retailers are generating some extra income by trading after hours. In fact, they are actually throwing millions of pounds away each year just to appear ‘open’ to the public.


with procurement and contract management, security, or utilities and communications infrastructure, one thing that remains the same is the need to tighten the purse strings and save money.


A recent survey revealed that businesses are wasting more than 40% of their total energy usage in order to maintain a welcoming feel at all hours. This equates to a staggering £4million a year just from leaving on unnecessary lights and heating.


As a facilities manager, you often wear a number of different hats at work; but whether you are dealing


The easiest way to save on energy bills is to simply switch off unused lighting and heating, yet 80% of all buildings in the UK currently have no energy management system in place. It’s clear that businesses have the desire to save energy, but in the current economic climate they remain cautious about spending money on methods of reducing energy consumption.


However, with millions being poured down the drain the question is: can you afford not to take action?


The most effective way to deal with energy management is by retro- fitting a wireless system, as it causes little disruption to the fabric of the building, is faster to implement across property estates and is much cheaper than conventional wired systems.


This groundbreaking technology intelligently manages energy usage including lighting, air conditioning and heating. In addition, unlike the conventional wired systems that are widely available in the UK and internationally, wireless energy management systems (WEMS) provide remote access to control settings at any site and instant reports of the system’s performance and business critical alarm monitoring.


Peter Kelly, Deputy Finance Director at Dunelm Mill, said: “Since launching a programme of installations in 2010, we have introduced the WEMS into our new and refurbished stores and have retrofitted the remainder of the estate. At Dunelm Mill, we’re committed to reducing our energy use, so we’re delighted with the results that have been achieved so far, saving as much as 26% of energy costs in some stores across the first 30 outlets.”


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