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Following the complete roll-out of the wireless building energy management systems across the rest of the Dunelm estate, WEMS International is achieving an average energy saving of 20%.

“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.”

Ivan McKeever, CEO at WEMS International, said: “For retailers, the need to keep stores looking open at all times, along with extended trading hours, continues to push up their energy consumption. Retailers should consider introducing monitoring and managing methods such as presence detection so that lighting is only on when the building is in use.”

Most companies have green policies in place to encourage employees to be more careful with how much energy is consumed; with the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme now in place (formerly known as the Carbon Reduction Commitment) it pays to be a greener company. However, relying on the good deeds of employees can only go so far: WEMS technology has been developed to make a significant difference in the environmental impact of businesses.

Wireless technology goes beyond the simple recording of energy use through metering and monitoring systems, offering a web-enabled dashboard view of the business’s energy use, which can be accessed at all times from any computer or smartphone. This real-time data, which comes from remote access to control settings at the site and instant reports of the system’s performance, enables businesses to reduce energy use while ensuring that the building environment is still comfortable for occupants.

The wireless system also offers visibility of the overall energy footprint of a business, right down to an individual piece of equipment,


which highlights systems or procedures that waste energy.

Usefully, the WEMS isn’t a one- size-fits-all product, instead each business has its own profile that suits the energy usage of each property; a retailer with an outlet in the north of Scotland, for example, will find that the needs of this site will differ quite significantly from another outlet on the south coast of England. Similarly, the system can also be adapted according to varying trading hours, or depending on when employees are re-stocking.

Saving energy really is as simple as switching off what you don’t need to use, and with millions of pounds at stake the advantages of wireless energy management are clear. Organisations now have an excellent opportunity to reduce their carbon emissions, minimise energy costs and improve their green credentials in the eyes of the public, all of which have a direct impact on business.

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