Energy use can spiral after adding on-site renewables

Energy use in businesses can increase rather than drop after renewable projects are installed, the energy manager at builders’ merchant Travis Perkins has warned. Speaking at The Energy Event at […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Energy use in businesses can increase rather than drop after renewable projects are installed, the energy manager at builders’ merchant Travis Perkins has warned.

Speaking at The Energy Event at the Birmingham NEC today, Haydn Young, Group Energy Manager said that in one branch of a logistics firm he worked with, energy use went up rather than down when solar panels were installed. This was because workers “thought their energy was free”, he said.

To prevent this from happening, sorting out behaviour first before putting in pricey equipment is important, advised Mr Young. If employees know more about their energy use, they are more likely to be disciplined, he suggested.

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