Ashford Borough Council see 37% reduction in energy usage
Ashford Borough Council is a local authority providing service to residents in Ashford, Tenterden and surrounding villages. Ashford Borough Council holds a commitment to reduce carbon emissions from their estate by 30% in adherence to their own Carbon Management Plan.
Ashford Borough Council approached energy consultancy GCI Ltd to assist in reducing the energy consumption at their Civic Centre. The long term journey includes the installation of LED Lighting, Solar PV, and other sustainable or renewable technologies. Before any work could be considered, there was a need to fully understand exactly how the energy was being used.
GCI Ltd worked with the council to create a tailored solution, including the MeasureMyEnergy Global Energy Management (GEM) service. MeasureMyEnergy supplied two Power Distribution Monitors (PDM) to monitor 42 individual circuits that supply electrical power to the various departments within the Civic Centre.
The PDM’s collect this data and send it to the secure MeasureMyEnergy cloud platform, where it is processed and displayed within the cloud based GEM portal. In-and out- of hours working of the Civic Centre were integrated into the portal, allowing Ashford Borough Council to easily establish patterns of use, and determine where savings could be made.
Since the project began, the collective Out-Of-Hours consumption of the Civic Centre has reduced by around 37%. Being able to see the when and where they were spending money on energy has allowed them to make a big difference; the shift patterns of cleaning staff were adjusted and the deployment of inexpensive timer switches on a number of items. Ashford Borough Council continue to use the GEM Portal to prove and track their recent LED Lighting investment.