Watt footprint delivers ambitious energy saving package for Glenisk

Brief Overview

Watt Footprint implemented a strategic targeted energy management system for Glenisk’s production factory by utilising real-time energy data to identify and support energy efficiency measures to significantly reduce energy waste on site.

The Project

Glenisk as Irelands number one yogurt brand have been growing production year on year to meet increased demand. In tandem with this their energy requirements have increased leading to increased production costs and higher energy bills.

Although reducing energy usage and up scaling production usually do not go hand in hand Glenisk are committed to growing its business in line with a sustainable ethos of food production.

How can Watt Footprint help?

Watt Footprint has found that a major barrier to businesses is having a lack of information and know-how on how to reduce their energy consumption.

At Watt Footprint we have the technology and the expertise to accurately determine the value of potential monthly savings that will occur as a direct result of a planned and meticulously executed energy efficiency behaviours.

Hence, we have developed a smarter way to get your buildings energy efficient without having to pay upfront energy management costs, with huge amounts of reliable data made available through our energy monitoring devices we can show you how to utilise this data to tackle the challenge that is energy and carbon reduction.

Solution

Watt Footprint offered our Energy savings as a service solution to support Glenisk in the implementation of a targeted energy management system providing both technical and financial support to implement ECM’s that offer a significant energy saving reduction and help meet Glenisks carbon reduction objectives.

Key Findings

Tailored Monitoring package 5,000mWh of savings earmarked!


ISO 50001:2018 Certified


Carbon Baselining
Carbon neutrality target by 2030.


Capital Funding.

The system is giving us visibility we never knew was possible on our energy performance before” Vincent Cleary, Managing Director

Results

Wattfootprint’s energy management system and smart technology provides visibility and support in achieving impressive savings. In the case of Glenisk 5,000mWh of savings have been earmarked with potential to save more.

COVID-19: Energy Efficiency delivering Risk free Guaranteed savings

The outbreak of COVID-19 has resulted in a substantial contraction of the Irish economy since restrictions were imposed to reduce the transmission of the virus. The ESRI estimates overall economic activity will reduce by at least 13% when measured against GDP compared to pre-COVID levels. This could be considerably higher if the current uncertainty continues around restrictions for businesses to operate.

Demand for energy has decreased since the implementation of the first nationwide lockdown in March of this year with a marked decrease or stabilizing evident also in energy unit pricing by many suppliers. This has reduced the cost of operation for many businesses and reduced import associated costs all positively affecting the trade balance. While business welcomes the current reduction in energy unit pricing it is important to view this reduction with a sense of realism and with future market and policy changes in mind.

Demand is heavily linked to energy pricing and as the country gradually recovers so will energy prices. Moving back towards the gradual increase seen before the virus outbreak. It is estimated that the countries total electricity demand will increase by 50% in the next decade. Driven by new users such as data centers and resulting in increased capacity and cost to meet this demand. A shift has already been seen with increases in electricity prices announced  by some suppliers in the last few weeks.

Data source : SEAI

The investment in a more renewable and sustainable energy grid will be costly to create and the end user will see the impact of these changes in their monthly bill. Much of this will be in increased taxes which in some instances can accumulate to over half a business’s monthly bill. The government has also indicated a further increase in the carbon tax from €26 per tonne to €33.50 per tonne, to put in context the introduction of the tax was €6 per tonne in 2010 along with increases in the PSO levy.

As Ireland along with other EU partners call for a green recovery plan centered on investment in renewable energy and bio-diversity the trend of increased energy costs is forecasted to continue to meet our carbon targets in the coming decades. To put into context many businesses spend thousands of euros every year on energy with a significant percentage of that energy wasted within the business through inefficient equipment and practices. This wasted energy will increase in cost based on increased energy pricing so understanding where this energy is being wasted and reducing this wastage through a targeted way will significantly reduce energy costs and allow for more informed decisions to be made on energy consumption and make funds available for future business investments.

Watt Footprint have identified that a major barrier businesses have to eliminating energy wastage is a lack of information, know-how and available upfront capital to begin to target and eliminate this wastage. We have developed an Energy As a Service  model offering zero capital investment from the client with a guaranteed savings structure before any payment eliminating risk to the client.

With the uncertain economic conditions and forecasted increase in energy costs making this wastage visible and having the expertise available to act on this information is vital for businesses to recover in a sustainable way. Making visible your energy consumption and eliminating waste is the first step in seeing real cost savings in your business.

To learn more about how Watt Footprint can help your business save energy during the lock down see our related article – 7 tips to save energy when closing your business during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Watt Footprint creates over €110K worth of savings for the Mullingar Park Hotel.

Brief Overview

Wattfootprint installed a be-spoke energy management solution to monitor, analyze and reduce the energy consumption of the Mullingar Park hotel. We tailored or multi service offering to the Park hotel providing visibility on their energy performance and identifying energy conservation measures to make impressive savings.

The Project

The 4 star Mullingar Park Hotel is located in Mullingar Co. Westmeath. The Hotel comprises of 95 guestrooms with a leisure centre , 20 metre pool, steam room, sauna, fully quipped gym and fitness studio.

The Mullingar Park Hotel were committed to improving their energy efficiency and reducing their energy consumption but as with a lot of businesses it can be daunting to know where to start allocating resources and time can be at a premium.

Operating such a busy hotel can be challenging, making it difficult to step back from the daily operating tasks that are critical to keep the hotel running smoothly. Previously the hotel monitored their energy consumption via their monthly bill with little to no visibility on how it was being used in the hotel.

How could Watt Footprint help?

Watt Footprint has found that a major barrier businesses have is a lack of information and know-how on how to reduce their energy consumption .

At Watt footprint we have the technology and the expertise to accurately determine the value of potential monthly savings that will accrue as a direct result of a planned and meticulously executed energy efficiency behaviors.

Hence we have developed a smarter way to get your building energy efficient without having to pay upfront energy management costs, with huge amounts of reliable data made available through our energy monitoring devices we can show you how to utilize this data to tackle the challenge that is energy and carbon reduction.

The Solution

We installed our be-spoke energy management solution to monitor the electricity consumption and associated Significant Energy Users. We used the LAN within the hotel to log the data monitored to our cloud based dashboard and develop a tailored solution that provides real feedback with SMS alerts and emails which allow the maintenance team act before energy is wasted.

Using our (ESaaS) Energy Saving as a Service model our team was able to support the hotel in analysing the data and identify ECM’s (Energy Conservation Measures) that would provide significant savings in energy performance. We were able to secure funding to undertake these initiatives the savings achieved.

Savings were measured using our energy management solution using IPMVP the international protocol for the measurement and verification of energy savings.

Key Findings

Annual savings of €110’000


Smart Metering – 2’224’762 kWh saved annually.


IPMVP Verification of ECM’s + Energy Credit Payment.


Capital Funding.


Wattfootprint service offering was attractive due to Zero risk on our side and maximum savings “.

Josephine Hughes, Owner.
Energy Management Monitoring Measuring

Results

Wattfootprint’s energy management system and smart technology provides visibility and support in achieving impressive savings.

We have seen a reduction in the energy during phase 1 of the process with further savings earmarked for stage 2. These changes has made the Mullingar Park one of Irelands most efficient and sustainable hotels.

AC Focus Brings Big Savings for Starbucks.

Starbucks in Mumbai feels the
benefits of Eniscope & ACES 2

A store in Mumbai has become one of the first in the world to receive the ACES 2 product, new to 2019 from the best.energy solutions range. As with all energy projects executed by best energy Partners globally, this project started with an Eniscope 8-Channel monitoring system being installed on-site. This provided full energy use visibility at a minute-by-minute level, allowing the Efligence team to analyse where energy was being
wasted. The first and most significant area of waste identified was air conditioning, which made it a perfect application case for the ACES 2 – a smart air con control product designed and created by best.energy.

What was the problem and how
were Efligence involved?

The Starbucks outlet was suffering from AC units being run outside of business and operational hours, with an average run time of each AC of over 23 hours a day!

Left in the hands of the staff on-site, the air con was being used inefficiently for no extra comfort gain. With ACES 2, the team at Efligence were able to stop that.

The immediacy of the savings, combined with the cost-effective equipment, put the ROI of this project at just 4 months.

The Solution

What do you do when human error is causing energy wastage? You remove humans from the equation.
The team at Efligence were able to do just that, introducing the ACES 2 product to provide remote control and scheduling capabilities to the air conditioning units on site at the Starbucks store. A combination of the energy visibility provided by Eniscope, and the scheduling capabilities of the ACES 2, meant that the air con operation period could be brought down to just 18.5 hours with no impact on customer or staff comfort.

Headline Figures

AC Operating
Hour Reduction
4.5 Hours

Reduction in
Energy Usage
2500 Units

Cost Savings
per Month
₹31,200

Energy Reduction on AC
11%

Within the space of just a couple of months, the store was saving over $5,000 a year!

7 tips to save energy when closing your business during this Covid-19 pandemic

In most businesses the second highest cost after wages is energy. The Government, thankfully have some much needed supports in place to help meet wage bills in these difficult times. So while our businesses are closed or on reduced usage it is certainly makes sense that our energy use is as near zero as possible.

  1. Heating, cooling and air conditioning at this time of year can use the greatest amount of energy in most business. It’s important to check that all non-essential equipment is turned off. If an element of heating is required to keep the building aired, then you can re-set the thermometers to slightly lower settings and programmed to come on less frequently.
  2. It’s a good time to make sure that all printers, computers and lighting is turned off.
  3. Check out the kitchens and canteens to make sure everything is turned off. Even fridges should be emptied and turned off. Might be wise to leave the door open to ensure no unwanted smells linger inside. If there are any  drinks dispensing fridge units as these too should be turned off.
  4. Check too that there are no personal standby heaters, chargers, radios ,tv’s etc left plugged in. These are important as stand-by  loads can use a considerable amount of energy.
  5. Outside lighting for personnel access and egress can be either turned off or placed on a reduced timing. This is important too as day-light hours are continually extending until June 21st.
  6. Probably something few of us do, but maybe this is the ideal opportunity. Why not visit your electrical and gas meter installation and take a reading. Familiarise yourself with the type of meter you have, is it digital, mechanical with revolving disc, or pay as you go?
  7. Something to consider if you haven’t already. Have you installed an energy monitoring system? Energy monitors are available from as little as €100 to more sophisticated ones from €1000 upwards. These monitors can provide returns on investment of months rather than years.

Do you need support monitoring your energy use remotely? If so contact us at info@wattfootprint.ie  or call 086 2568544.