With some experts warning energy costs are set to double over the next five years and events in the Ukraine only likely to accelerate that process, the need to manage energy use is ever more pressing.
Budgets are unlikely to rise in line with the escalating energy prices, so savings will have to be made across your facilities management approach.
Facilities managers everywhere will be looking at every angle to drive down energy use and cut waste.
There are a number of general ways to make inroads into your energy bill. An improved system of monitoring energy use is an important first step, as is training staff to be conscious of energy use and what can be done to minimise consumption. Simple measures such as these can start to make significant savings.
But one simple tactic that might not leap out at many facilities managers scouring their balance sheets for savings is testing their electric systems and equipment.
As well as ensuring the safe operation of equipment, electrical testing identifies inefficient devices as well. Properly functioning appliances consume less power, which, across an entire business, can amount to a considerable saving.
It's only a piece of the puzzle, but, as one popular high street supermarket never tires of reminding us, 'every little helps'.
Intersafe specialises in a range of electrical testing that safeguards businesses without getting in the way of operations.
Adrian Pendle, Intersafe Director, said:
"The commercial rationale for getting your equipment tested is stronger than ever. Not only is there the health and safety benefit that is widely understood, but the reduction in wasteful energy use is good news for the environment and, increasingly, for your bottom line as well.
"Identifying poorly performing equipment is crucial to the overall drive to reduce energy usage. This gives you the opportunity to replace them with low energy alternatives and make savings long into the future."