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Top tips for improving energy efficiency

At Emprocom, we are working with Lincolnshire-based property specialists, Trademark Property Services, which is an expert team helping us to become more energy efficient. We hear their top tips for improving energy efficiency both domestically and as a business.

23 February 2022

Energy efficiency is becoming increasingly important as bills surge and we look to prioritise our environmental impact both at work and in our personal lives.

At Emprocom, we are working with Lincolnshire-based property specialists, Trademark Property Services, which is an expert team helping us to become more energy efficient.

Director, Guy Moore, explains that buildings need to be more energy efficient by law. “As of 1st April 2018, it is a lawful requirement for landlords to ensure their property achieves an ‘E’ rating or above before letting their property to any tenant (This is referred to as ‘Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards’ or ‘MEES’). “Landlords and their agents should act by commissioning an up-to-date Energy Performance Certificate which will identify the current rating (which may have changed over time), and recommend opportunities for improvement.”

“We’re helping Emprocom to improve its sustainability. They are typical of many local businesses approaching us because they are becoming more energy-efficiency minded,” says Guy.

He explains that globally, around 45% of all energy consumption can be attributed to building utilities but this also includes non-industrial use in business premises as well as domestic. “This can mean that any efforts to save energy, or simply to use it more efficiently can make a huge difference both financially and environmentally.”

Here are Guy’s top tips for improving energy efficiency both domestically and as a business:

• Lighting: Lighting can account for up to 30% of a building’s energy use and it can also be one of the easiest areas to make big savings. LED lighting cannot be praised enough in this field as it uses a fraction of the power of a conventional bulb and doesn’t require any ‘warm up’ time like many compact fluorescent bulbs so quickly turning them on and off at times doesn’t reduce their returns.

• Occupancy sensors: Obviously turning lights off in unused roomed can be a big saving tip but for rooms with a lot of transient occupancy, people in and out all the time throughout the day, occupancy sensors can be a great way of managing this for you in key areas – especially circulation areas like stairwells or corridors.

• Heating: Heating can be the biggest energy use by far in any domestic or commercial setting so it’s crucial to make sure you have an efficient system in place. Though it offers seems like a better decision to keep that 20–30-year-old boiler running, it may be that you’re missing an opportunity to increase your heating efficiency by 20% or more in some cases.

• Smart heating: Heating controls can not only make it much easier for you to keep a comfortable temperature but can also provide a key way of limiting your heating use. Wireless thermostats or Thermostatic Radiator Valves can give you room-by-room control, enabling you to turn the heating off in rooms that aren’t used. Programmers can help you automate your heating to key times and remote controls for air conditioning units make them easier to turn on and off as and when required.

• Water management: Always ensure any water heating vessels such as tanks are well insulated and have a thermostat fitted where possible.

• Insulation: Where possible, always ensure roofs and any attic spaces are well insulated with at least 100mm of standard mineral wool insulation (although many types and products are available) but ideally 200-300mm. This will greatly increase heat retention within the building.

• Draughtproofing: Always check windows and doors for draughtproofing, as well as any open flues or fireplaces that aren’t in general use.

• Planning: Try to formulate a heating plan that determines the best times of day to heat a building that might include when the building is mostly occupied, how much heating it might require overnight, and what areas could avoid heating altogether (such as ambient storage rooms). This can work well for both small and large buildings, regardless of the levels of occupancy.

• Sharing spaces: Always seek to share offices and workrooms where possible to double the effectiveness of heat and light and enable savings in other areas over larger buildings.

If you’re interested in looking more closely at how your energy is used, and how to make improvements, contact Trademark Services to learn more.

Email: info@trademark-services.co.uk

Tel: 01472 730539

Website: www.trademark-services.co.uk

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