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3 steps to reduce your energy costs

3 steps to reduce your energy costs

Lowering costs is paramount for any business that wants to succeed. Cutting energy costs does not necessarily have to be expensive. By following these three steps, you could potentially save on your electricity costs Step 1: Understanding your tariff Understanding your electricity tariff structure is vital for a business to run effectively. The various components of a tariff vary greatly depending on the supplier. Some are more complicated than others for example, time-of-use and co-generation tariffs. Certain tariffs will have added parameters like distance from the supplier, voltage and capacity. Having knowledge of all the costs and penalties on certain tariffs, we are able to advise you on energy plans and contingencies to improve overall energy usage as well as lowering the costs. With Power-Star’s real time metering in place and your specific tariff applied to the data, we are able to see how your operations impact your electricity costs. Our meter was specifically designed with these kinds of operations in mind and we will be happy to assist you. Step 2: Ensuring your bill is correct Billing authorities get it wrong from time to time, and as we have seen with numerous customers, having independent measurement to verify the bill is a priority. Like an independent tax auditor is mandatory for any business, so too is the independent verification of your energy bill. The Power-Star web interface has a user-friendly bill verification tool that should be used on a monthly basis to ensure the numbers are correct. In Image 1 below, it is apparent that this particular customer had been over-billed by the municipality. Our data shows the...
Reducing energy bills and why you should care

Reducing energy bills and why you should care

It makes business sense to take steps in reducing energy bills. Bill verification is important since most consumers have no way of knowing the accuracy of a bill received from the local municipality. The meter that measures electricity consumption from the utility to the consumer is usually installed at the boundary of the premises, where the electricity provided enters the site. We are all well aware of horror stories about inflated energy bills that wreaks havoc with a business especially small to medium-sized that do not always have the available capital to spend on these huge utility bills. Reducing your energy bills should be a primary focus of any business. Online meters that is installed by independent companies is the best way to verify your electricity bills, since the meters are not easily influenced by outside interference. These online meters should have a remote monitoring function, so that you can keep track of your energy usage in real time. This will allow the engineers and managers to have more time in fixing problems as soon as they arise. Reasons for verifying your bills: Running a sound business is all about cash flow. High utility bills will have a negative effect on your capital, capital that could have been used better elsewhere. High electricity bills will affect the prices of your products. Higher input and production costs will mean a mean a more expensive product, this is equally true for all business sectors be it in the Hospitality or Industrial sector. Since electricity is a utility that can be cut-off at any time, you want to pay your bills on...
Energy Management provides big savings for Sanlam

Energy Management provides big savings for Sanlam

Power-Star subscribes to an Energy Management program that ensures low-to-no cost interventions are chased first. Therefore the first savings typically investigated are behavioural or operational changes, which are usually easy to spot in the data. In the case of Sanlam Head Office in Bellville, the savings from behavioural changes was sufficient to entirely fund a complete lighting retrofit. As part of the behavioural change was to limit lighting levels when there was no-one in the building, this drastically changed the original calculations on the lighting retrofit. Read more on our Sanlam Case...