Local businesses go back to class for energy saving lessons

Kilkenny businesses went back to school recently to find out about the latest ways to cut their energy costs at a special energy efficiency briefing held by leading independent energy supplier Energia and Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce.

Kilkenny businesses went back to school recently to find out about the latest ways to cut their energy costs at a special energy efficiency briefing held by leading independent energy supplier Energia and Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce.

The briefing was designed to educate the managers of local organisations about energy efficiency, allowing them to further reduce their energy costs. The purpose of this training is to help the companies develop and implement their own energy management systems. Helping them cut their energy bills by 10% will also help each company significantly reduce their annual CO2 emissions.

Cormac Mannion, Energy Services Manager, Energia commented: “Energia have developed considerable expertise in the area of energy efficiency training. We have helped to boost many small businesses’ competitiveness, including those in the SME and community sectors, by giving them the knowledge and tools that help them save money by reducing their energy consumption.”

“Energia are keen to develop these training initiatives and with the help of the Chambers members are getting great value for their membership. There are also valuable environmental benefits - by reducing their usage by 10%, each company will reduce their annual CO2 emissions thus benefitting the environment,” he said.

“Energy efficiency can start with simple low cost initiatives such as staff awareness days and for some companies a complete business wide process has been implemented, including reviewing purchasing processes, conducting an energy audit, implementing staff training and awareness programmes.

“Customers with online metering can analyse their data to identify where they can alter their processes to make better use of lower cost night energy. By conducting a simple energy audit and by introducing various low cost ways of installing materials and equipment, a decrease in energy bills is easily achievable. Even by switching off lights when not in use or remembering to power off your PC in the evenings instead of leaving it on standby can lead to substantial saving on your energy bill.

“Energia’s web site (www.energia.ie) contains information on how to conduct a simple self audit and detailed information on energy efficiency in business. “Energia’s green power offering provides Irish businesses with competitively priced energy packages and power from renewable resources, which significantly benefits the environment.”

Energia has a 28% market share of the Irish business electricity and gas market supplying the energy needs of over 65,000 business customers.