End of British Summer Time – Time to implement Winter Energy Saving Solutions.
Clocks in the UK will go back by one hour at 2am, Sunday morning – 30th October. The news of having an extra one hour in bed will be well received by some, but for others and especially businesses, the end of British Summer time (BST) and effectively the end of summer will equate to more expensive energy costs.
Whilst your smart phones and some electronic devices will automatically update to Greenwich Mean Time, businesses need to make a provision for their lighting and heating controls. “As much as 40% of a building’s electricity use can come from lighting”* meaning the end of British Summer time and darker evenings can put extra pressure on energy bills.
Did you know?
- Peak daylight hours in summer time is 16 hours 50 minutes
- The lowest amount of daylight hours in winter is only 7 hours 40 minutes
- The idea of changing the clocks came about in 1907, proposed by William Willett – a builder who was adamant that the country would be more productive if daylight hours were not wasted
- Implemented in 1916 – influenced by the idea of being able to reduce domestic energy usage and increase supply to manufacturing for the war effort
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Winter emerges from the end of British Summer time and naturally people and businesses become more concerned about their energy bills and how to reduce usage.
For business owners, there are changes to make for, and controls to implement to cut your overall energy usage allowing you to become more intelligent with energy monitoring and the way your business operates with the change of season.
If your business operates on timer controls, amendments will have to be made to the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) and lighting systems. Whilst changes can be implemented to cater for the change from British Summer time for some controls, lighting and heating will have to be sustained for longer periods during the day to cater for colder days and darker nights.
To ensure you are doing your utmost to reduce energy usage, your business can receive the following services from Utilitywise (most of them for free and no obligation):
- A free Energy Health Check to rate for your business/building (and compare your building to similar premises and building to see how you rate)
- Implementation of controls and reduction technologies
- Introduce monitoring and reporting user interface technology to monitor your current energy usage anytime of the day/week
- Prevent your staff from fiddling with heating and lighting controls by introducing our automated controls
- Education to help encourage your staff to be more energy conscious
- An energy audit
- Advice to help ensure that your business is on the right energy tariff