Two thirds of UK businesses have either completed or are well on their way to completing ESOS audits. For those now in possession of ESOS data, the next step is to use it – and begin a journey towards significant savings

The Carbon Trust has produced a high level guide to help less experienced companies make the most of any energy saving opportunities identified by ESOS. The guide briefly covers everything you’ll need to consider: from building the business case for efficiency measures, through to implementing, monitoring and verifying results.

Whilst the guide is a great starting point for those who are unsure of how to move forward with the wealth of new information available to them, many businesses will continue to find that  analysis and implementation of new energy efficiency projects is a time consuming and complex task. If this is the case for your company, you may prefer to seek expert help. With average energy costs savings for those who improve energy efficiency likely to be in the region of 20%*, the important thing now is to get maximum return from your investment in ESOS.

THE 5 STEPS TO BETTER ENERGY EFFICIENCY

  1. Identify and prioritise efficiency measures

Your ESOS compliance has this covered! If you’ve used an independent expert to get you through the ESOS process, they will be ideally positioned to help you with the next 4 steps towards improved efficiency too.

  1. Build a business case for priority measures

Have the data to hand and build a compelling financial argument for implementation. Creating a detailed plan that stands up to scrutiny is crucial before going onto step 3.

  1. Get the decision makers on-board

ESOS has done some of the hard work already, by bringing awareness of energy saving opportunities to board-level decision makers. Continue the process by being well-informed on all of the benefits you want to present and where there are potential risks. Be aware also of which measures sit well together and which have shorter/longer payback periods.

  1. Implement measures in most cost effective way

Low and no-cost measures are a great place to start, but may mean big behaviour changes within your organisation. For larger, more complex measures, it’s important to find the right suppliers, installers, and of course funding; which will mean really doing your research or working with technology-agnostic partners who can help identify the best measures to meet your individual requirements.

  1. Monitor and verify results

It’s important to be able to measure and substantiate claimed savings to prove success and secure support and funding for future schemes. External Verification can be invaluable for larger and more complex projects, where there may also be more external factors affecting the impact of your project.