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programme with a water treatment schedule, then implementing this simple measure can result in lower energy consumption, while upgrading controls, and ensuring extraction and air conditioning filters and ducting are properly clean will make a difference too.


Another sensible strategy for reducing energy costs is behaviour change – but this isn’t free, as many people assume; it will take time, money, and – perhaps more challenging – a buy-in from all stakeholders. Since employee engagement is key to success, good internal communications are critical when it comes to disseminating information about how workers should modify their behaviour, what they should do and when, and also why it is important. More significant operational changes can also help lower energy bills – for example, can automation allow you to reduce the need for people to be working in a certain part of the asset, so reducing heating and lighting requirement in that area?


JOINED-UP THINKING As well as benefiting from the energy


bill savings that can be made from efficiency upgrades and operational changes, when you link this sort of project together with PPM and reactive activity you can find savings in implementation costs, too. For example, while warehouse lighting is being replaced, you could plan to use the scissor lift to clean the sky lights and make roof repairs, thus offsetting the cost of the cherry picker to multiple jobs. Naturally, this leads to a greater CapEx cost within a set amount of time, but in fact better value can be achieved.


There’s so much scope to save money through this cascade approach to energy efficiency measures, and it’s all triggered by the need to comply with the relevant regulations – which are obligatory anyway. So it’s worth looking beyond the hassle and expense of energy efficiency compliance, and re-framing the task so that its true value can be realised – so many businesses only see the stick, rather than the juicy carrot that’s there for the taking.


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