Upfront-It looks forward to have an energy savings consultant to visit the enterprise and they have already found a few places with energy savings potential. For example sensors can be added to the bathrooms to ensure that light is always off, when no one is in there.
“we had not considered this in relation to the renovation and no one asked us, but if we are to enable it now, there is a lot we have to change” says Dennis B. Ellebæk.
He believes that architects, engineers and construction workers should improve on trying to think in, energy efficient solutions into all details and finally remember the dialogue between one another on energy saving measures.
Turn off the lights!
Technical solutions can only do so much. Employees are a big part of energy savings. According to Dennis and Ove, everyone in the enterprise is energy saving conscious by remembering to turn off the computers and the lights, but even the experts can slip. Ove B. Ellebæk made this discovery, when he one day, drove by the enterprise at nighttime.
“I came by and saw the lights in the hallway. The next morning in our morning assembly it was discussed. This way we constantly remind each other to remember to turn off the lights. It is mentioned over and over again. This is also something we wish to promote to our customers, since some have 80-100 computers that are up and running. When we talk of energy savings, this is a part of it. There is money at hand” Ove B. Ellebæk explains.
This is a clear technological limit, even for an IT company. You could set up a monitoring system, so you can sit at home in the couch and check whether lights and computers are turned off. But even this kind of systems use electricity and it is doubtful whether or not there is an actual saving. Therefore is it at the utmost importance that employees remember to turn the equipment off according to Upfront-It.
Written by Thomas Kofoed Poulsen, firstname.lastname@example.org