Heating generally accounts for most of the energy consumption in Libraries. But, it does not always account for the majority of costs. Why? Gas used for heating is typically three time cheaper than electricity. So if you use a lot of electricity for pumping this could be where most of your energy costs go.
The types of lighting and how it is used in libraries can have an enormous effect on your energy bills. A cheap light bulb costing less than £1 or €1, might end up costing you ten times that per year in electricity costs as well as access costs. So the first thing to consider is can you get an LED or CFL bulb for a reasonable price to replace older incandescent bulbs?
Most libraries use ventilation for toilet areas and general fresh air. But do they need to be kept on 24/7 or when the building is closed?
More and more libraries are offering food and drinks as part of their service offerings to users. Some simple easy tips can eliminate energy waste in these areas.
Most libraries now have sophisticated computer systems to allow visitors surf the web or online catalogues. But most do not know how much energy is used in these areas.
Do you allow visitors to plug in their laptops? Don’t worry, typically these do not use much energy.
Our fast, friendly analysis gives you an estimate of how much you are likely to spend over the next 5 years on energy. This gives you a nice starting point for validating any energy efficiency investments. You’ll also get a monthly breakdown of how much you spend and on what areas.
Less than 20% of businesses change their supplier annually. If you are getting a good tariff rate, this is not a problem, but most businesses who have not switched in the past 2 years typically are paying over 5% more than their competitors. We’ll ask if you’d like us to check the market for better prices and we can show the expected cost savings based on your previous usage.
Businesses hate waste. Libraries are no exception. Most libraries that have never looked at simple energy management can expect savings of 5-10% on their energy use. Our platform helps identify the areas of waste typically found, including heating left on in warms periods, lighting left on throughout the night and unnecessary equipment left running.