Winter is in full swing and businesses are all about cutting energy costs, especially with recent price hikes in mind. For many businesses energy usage increases significantly during the cold months of December, January and February – to give you an idea of the typical seasonal energy consumption for the retail, manufacturing and office industries during the winter months, check out the following statistics (courtesy of British Gas):
Retail: the average monthly consumption of a hardware goods retailer with average annual dual fuel usage of 210MWh showed:
- 40% increase in gas usage from autumn to winter.
- 30% of annual gas consumption and 25% of annual electricity consumption occurs in winter.
Manufacturers: the average monthly consumption from an industrial component manufacturer with average annual dual fuel usage of 165MWh showed:
- 70% increase in gas usage and 38% increase in electricity usage from autumn to winter.
- 51% of annual gas consumption and 39% of annual electricity consumption occurs in winter.
Offices: the average monthly consumption of 25 offices with an average annual dual fuel usage of 1.6GWh showed:
- 63% increase in gas usage from autumn to winter
- 50% of annual gas
If the aforementioned statistics are a taken as a reliable representation of commercial energy usage across the country, the increases in all industries are significant during winter, which places heightened significance on the accuracy of metre readings.
The press recently reported on a company that saved £65,000 in a week as a result of faulty metre readings; suspecting something amiss, said company installed a Marshall-Tufflex Sinergy e-Tracker sub-metering unit to get an in-depth view of its energy usage over one week. When the stats were examined the company discovered its electricity meters were making incorrect readings. The matter was taken up with the power supplier and a refund of £65,000 issued along with an assurance that future bills would be correct – as reported by HPV Magazine.
The Sinergy e-Tracker might be worth considering if you’re keen to confirm the readings being put out by the metre currently measuring your business’s energy output.
The Marshall-Tufflex Sinergy e-Tracker sub-metering unit is a portable kWh meter allowing users to monitor incoming power supply, specific circuits/equipment etc. to show the pattern of demand over an hour, day, week or month.
The unit utilises non-invasive clip-on transducer (CT) clamps that are quick to install and do not require power being turned off. They are magnetic-backed so attach easily to switch boards making them perfect for temporary monitoring. The e-Tracker measures current from 10Amps to 2500Amps, and offers 16 days of battery life or runs off mains supply. Other features include pulse input, optional voltage connections, CT amps range indicator and EV-Trac electrostatic phase identifier.
To find out about the Sinergy e-Tracker, visit Marshall-tufflex.com.
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