How to save energy in commercial buildings in times of enormous cost increases?

In September, 1 MWh on the Polish Power Exchange cost 465.70 PLN. Just a month before, it was worth 383.42 PLN. At the beginning of 2020, its price amounted to… 150 PLN. And there is every indication that this is only the beginning of energy price increases.

In some European countries, the situation got even more problematic – the prices on local power exchanges may be higher than 200 euros per 1 MWh.

Businesses defend themselves as well as they can against rising energy prices. Some are looking for cheaper energy suppliers, while others are trying to reduce energy costs by reducing the processing capacity. Experts warn that this may lead to supply and quality issues in many economic sectors. Those who have the necessary capital are additionally investing in renewable energy sources.

Sescom Energy experts note the potential for savings – especially in commercial buildings. How to save energy? The solutions to that problem are mostly related to optimising the operation of equipment, for instance, HVAC lighting and refrigeration. Additionally, energy costs can be reduced by choosing the right supplier and an appropriate tariff.

Sescom offers reliable solutions

At Sescom we help to select optimal tariffs, we introduce and implement savings policies, we modernise technical infrastructure or suggest and produce improvements to it, and we provide assistance in the automation of functions and processes.

What is more, we provide our clients with our own solutions related to consulting and implementation of strategies as well as sustainable development plans – including the calculation and reduction of carbon footprint, performing energy audits, or helping to obtain white certificates for investments.

Energy Management, first offered by Sescom several years ago, is a service that reduces utility costs by more than 10% by using tools and procedures that optimize their consumption. It’s primarily dedicated to network clients, who have a large number of facilities similar in function, explains Bartłomiej Gawin, R&D Manager supporting the implementation of Energy services in Sescom Group.

Sescom Energy already serves nearly a thousand such facilities in Poland – from clothing shops, through super and hypermarkets, to petrol stations. Last year alone, our company’s technology saved over 6.5 GWh of energy, which translated into several million PLN of savings.

Among the electricity-saving solutions, we provide a telemetry system for monitoring utility consumption in remote facilities. These tools, combined with our proprietary analytical devices based on artificial intelligence algorithms and the support of an Energy Manager, make it possible to effectively optimise costs in facilities.

For years, Sescom has been promoting pro-saving practices and guidelines among its clients and the staff of the facilities under its care.

Energy transition with Sescom

The economic growth in 2021 that was higher than expected has increased demand for both raw materials and energy. Progressively low gas supply and higher coal prices mean that electricity prices will rise. The only solution for businesses that wish to remain competitive is to act towards a general energy transition.

Reducing power consumption as well as supplying renewable energy is essential to the sustainable development strategy employed by an increasing number of companies, explains Paweł Trojanowski, Energy Expert and Business Development Manager at Sescom S.A.

Investments aimed at reducing power consumption are not only elements of company image – but they also directly affect the businesses’ level of competitiveness to more than ever before.

Customers aware of climate change and the need to protect the environment want to be sure that their supplier of goods and services cares for the environment in every step of the production process. Optimising energy consumption can only help.