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A manufacturing company based in Bristol has saved the equivalent to the electricity used in 100 houses over two years through its energy reduction programme H.E.R.O (Horstmann Energy Reduction Operation). A taskforce was set up to take control of the way the company used energy resources and a range of initiatives were introduced; a colour coded lighting system and a shutdown procedure at night as well as more sophisticated measures such as a colour coded zoning system and the installation of monitoring systems in toilets and stairwells to enable savings of 24.3% on their energy bill.

Andrew Deeming, Engineering Director at Horstmann comments;

“Like many companies, we were looking at areas where we could save money and the energy bill was a good place to start. It soon became clear to us that the amount of money being wasted by leaving lights on through the night and having the air cooling system 20% higher than it needed to be was having an enormous effect on the bill not to mention carbon emissions.” By taking control of the situation and making the staff energy aware we have made massive savings over two years.”

The staff led taskforce was set up when the company, a manufacturer of central heating controls and smart metering products, looked into the way its energy was being used by obtaining a more detailed breakdown from the supplier. The discovery was soon made that the majority of energy wastage was taking place in the following areas:

• Lighting (mostly at night)
• PCs, Printers, Photocopiers being left on or on standby
• Air cooling and heating systems being set too high and left on through the night
• Factory Machinery not being switched off at the end of a shift as the warm up time took over an hour

The first task on the list was to prepare a company shutdown procedure to involve all staff members. The taskforce, lead by Production Engineer Simon Powell decided to use humour as a prompt into getting the staff to carry out simple actions. Kitchener style posters with ‘Your Company Needs You to Save Energy and ‘Become a H.E.R.O’ as well as Buzz Light-Year and other cartoon characters acted as reminders to switch off PC’s, printers and the photocopier at the end of each day. Email announcements were also sent to all staff showing them the results of their actions and thanking them for their contributions to the scheme.

A more complex task was carried out to ‘zone’ the lighting in areas such as toilets and stairwells as well as on the factory floor where shift workers would come and go at different times of the day but have the lights on for the whole factory. Colour coding was introduced on light switch panels and a corresponding area of the factory to enable staff to switch off their ‘zone’ at the end of a shift rather than leaving the whole factory lit up until 10pm when the last person left. Machinery that was normally left on all night as it needed time to warm up before use was set up with a timer, thus enabling it to be switched off at the end of a shift at 4pm. It could then be switched on automatically at 4am when the factory was empty, as it needed time to warm up for the next shift starting at 6am.

The end result has been that over two years since H.E.R.O began the company have achieved annual savings of over 360,000 kWh which is a significant reduction in their energy consumption. The total carbon emissions saving is equivalent to over 150 Tonnes of CO2 per year which makes this an extremely worthwhile exercise that the company has continued to operate as well as develop further by using their own Smart Metering system to monitor energy use on essential machinery. By simply being aware of where energy is being used in the workplace the equivalent to an average annual salary can be saved, not to mention the carbon footprint.

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Notes to editors:-

1.Bristol based Horstmann Controls is one of the UK’s leading designers and manufacturers of metering and controls for domestic heating. The UK office of Electricity Regulation (OFGEM) approves Horstmann for the certification of electricity meters, as does the British Electrical Approvals Board (BEAB) for Horstmann domestic products.

2.The average UK household creates 10 tonnes of CO2 per annum from all sources including travel. The contribution to the total from mains electricity is about 1.5 tonnes, assuming electricity is not the primary heating source.

1 tonne of CO2 = 556m3 at 25 degrees C. An Olympic swimming pool contains 2500m3 of water, therefore the carbon emissions of a single UK household is the rough equivalent of 2 Olympic size swimming pools.

3.Photographs of the posters used as shutdown prompts and graphs of monthly energy comparisons are available from the press office or by visiting (press area)

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