Guide

Managing your energy use

Set energy saving targets

Monitoring the different ways in which your business uses energy helps to highlight the best energy-saving opportunities. Use this information to set clear, measurable targets for reducing energy use. Think about expressing objectives and targets in ways that encourage staff throughout the business to participate in energy-saving measures.

There are a number of ways in which you can express energy-saving targets, such as:

  • reducing energy consumption - either overall or by a particular department or process
  • reducing emissions of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e)
  • increasing the percentage of the energy budget invested in energy-saving measures
  • improving the return on investment from energy efficiency activities
  • increased staff awareness
  • increasing the number of staff given energy efficiency training
  • measuring an increase in energy-saving actions by staff

You can also use the Carbon Trust energy matrix to benchmark improvements in energy efficiency - seeĀ key steps in developing an energy management strategy.

To be achievable, targets need to be:

  • realistic
  • based on a thorough understanding of your current energy consumption and of the potential for savings to be made