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The initial consultation
All solutions begin with a survey and aconsultation which seeks to establish for
any given site, what the energy consumption is and in what forms, what potential
savings can be made, what potential there is for energy production and storage,
how the pros and cons of differing methods of energy saving, production and
storage impact on each other, on the budget and on the direction and modus
operandi of those that live and or work at the site. It sounds more complicated
than it is for the most part but there are instances where it really is complex.
As a rule houses are simple. The consumption is easy to establish, the potential
savings tend to be limited to a heat pump, better insulation and more efficient
lighting. The potential production methods are generally limited to solar thermal,
maybe some solar voltaic, maybe a wind turbine and in some cases maybe a small
solar concentrator. The storage options are also limited. The budget tends to be
easy to establish and the impact on the occupants tends to be down to visual
Farms are the next simplest. They have more complex consumption patterns than
houses and hence a wider choice of savings. The same energy production and
storage methods apply but thier scope is much greater, meaning that an evaluation
of costs and benefits is required.
Offices and shops tend to be very simple but that is because the potential gains
are often not there. Improvements in the heating or cooling are easy enough to
identify and if the remit is limited to this then the process is simple. Such
sites tend to be more electicity intensive than houses and here, the issues are
more down to security of supply rather than energy saving or production.
Warehouses are more complex because potential gains are considerable but much
attention is needed to thier exact use. Factories usually involve a detailed
understanding of the manufacturing processes and are so energy intensive that
energy production is often dwarfed by consumption. Large chemical plants are
without question the most complex.
All survey reports contain a section on how requiremnts for the site may
change over time and how future advances in the technology could influence
how such future requirements can be met. The main idea behind this is to leave
the door open to such advances. For example, if we think that solar voltaics
are soon to drop to a level where they would be appropriate for the site, we
may highlight areas of the roof that should be left free for this purpose.
The general thrust
As a company, we are politically sympathetic to the green cause and we would
be prepared to pay more for something that was environmentally benign if we
can afford to do so. We also know that some of our clients, particularly
householders, feel the same way. However as we state on our home page, we also
belive that we can save the planet without making sacrifices. We can beat oil
as long as we can benefit from economies of scale. In our survey reports, we
make the business case for our recomendations as well as the case for the
environment. Clearly there is an intangible business benefit from being seen
to be an environmentally concious business but this is left strictly for
the business to evaluate.
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