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Updated: Oct 24, 2023

We all live in a bubble where we think we have a pretty good idea of what is going on in our immediate surroundings. We get used to things and make assumptions, sometimes not realising the waste going on in materials, cost or energy.

As a company, we’ve used and fitted power monitors to all sorts of applications over the years. Since becoming a certified partner with Centrica, at the beginning of the year, we have taken this capability to a whole new level with our expertise and their PanPower system.

We were recently invited to fit a system to one of the country’s largest stadiums as part of a project to help them understand and ultimately achieve their ‘Net Zero’ ambitions, the first part of that work has been done. Our mantra is that, until you know what’s using what, how much is being used and when you are using your energy, you are living in assumption territory,

Let's move away from that and look at the ACTUAL data....

Sometimes it’s not about having to spend more money to fit new systems, often it can be as easy as just switching something off. However as we found out, when something is ‘off’ it’s maybe not as ‘off’ as you think. This stadium, like many others, has very large screens and for 90% of their lives they sit in stand-by mode, only coming to life on match/event days.

Most of us would make the assumption that when in stand-by mode power usage would be next to nothing, what would you do if you found out that each screen was using 7.9kW of power 24/7?

We all know energy prices are still fluctuating and still a lot higher than they were 18 months ago but let’s take £0.30/kW as a number as an example, these screens are costing £20,761 EACH per year to run in standby, not to mention the associated Carbon emissions. If that doesn’t burst a few preconception bubbles, what would!

If you’d like to find out more about how we can help you identify your ‘low hanging fruit’ contact us today

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