Businesses must change their behaviour to save on energy, Big Six supplier argues

Behavioural change can help businesses slash their energy costs, one of the Big Six energy suppliers has recently argued.

npower Business Solutions believes that the key to tangible energy savings is designing programmes to change behaviour, improve energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption. This can be achieved by working with employees to alter their energy habits and adopt more energy efficient ways of working.

According to a spokeswoman for npower Business Solutions, there is no one behavioural project that the company recommends. However, there are certain areas that are usually addressed in most cases.

“We do find that attitude, perceived behavioural control, actual control and social norms are key drivers of behaviour change with reference to energy conservation,” she said.

“By understanding the constructs that make up behaviour we can ensure we have the best fit with regards to models, we can change or tweak a model or develop our own simply by adding or removing constructs. This enables us to create the best fit per environment and measure that model with data driven savings from meter reads.”

HeatingSave Building Energy Management System helps support behavioural change efforts to save energy

Behavioural change is always a difficult target to attain, but this is specifically where the HeatingSave Building Energy Management System could help.

HeatingSave has a number of features to prevent employees from adjusting the heating controls and leaving them in setting that can waste fuel. The keypad and display on the front of the controller has two levels of password protection.

These passwords can be changed by authorized personnel locally or centrally using the PC software. The password programming meets the requirements laid down by the Carbon Trust, and the PC software is user ID and password protected too.

Naturally, employees do have the right to set the ambient temperature at a value that best suites their needs, and HeatingSave manages this situation by firstly getting the temperature right so people don’t feel too hot or cold. If employees do feel too cold, they can hit a button to increase the room temperature. The heating will be turned up for a while BUT will then automatically turn back – keeping the employee at the right comfort temperature – and saving the employer on their fuel bill.

If you’d like to find out more about the savings enabled by the HeatingSave Building Energy Management System, just contact our dedicated product team, they’ll be more than happy to answer all of your questions and queries.

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