The Hot Weather Seems To Be Affecting The Energy Sector And Nearly All Businesses
Year on year our climate is changing, with nearly every year our jet stream being ‘higher’ than normal. We are always influenced over weather in our day to day lives, but how does it affect businesses and the economy regarding energy management? Additionally, does the focus of fossil fuels drop, and trends take over when it’s hotter? Solar (because it’s been so sunny and dry), wind (can be put out at sea, so is seen as not destructive), battery storage (fun idea to keep the energy on-site stored than distributing it to the grid).
The question is what happens when the temperature drops? There needs to be a solution to this. The fossil fuel boilers, combined heat, and power systems (CHP’s and Generator Turbines) are fired up for the heating that is required without any management to improve the systems, therefore burn high quantities of fuel as well as producing large amounts of emissions that most of the globe agree, contributes to these very long summers and extremely adverse cold winters. Business decisions in terms of investing in energy products are usually made based upon a trend or how the weather is at the time; businesses must adapt and adopt more of an energy management plan to cater for different types of weather. Energy management is about controlling and reducing energy consumption at an organisation, and this should be made a priority. And yes, sometimes it is easier to impulse buy and make decisions based on what’s popular at the time, but chances are you are wasting a lot of money and time in the future.
The Effect Of Being Weather Dependent
There’s no denying it, our planet is warming up fast. The topic of climate change and its consequences has been spoken about for years, yet is much being done about it? This summer we have experienced intense, hot weather, where temperatures rocketed and certain months such as May became the ‘hottest since records began’, according to the Met Office. Whilst the sunshine and heat waves have been notoriously appreciated, the changing climate is a cause for concern. The hot weather has huge disadvantages, ice caps are melting faster, floods are more frequent in some areas, many more bushfires are occurring, droughts and air pollution is increasing rapidly, the list is endless. This not only affects humans, but animals are also at great risk. Simon Lewis, (Professor of Global Change Science at University College, London) spoke about climate change being “A greater threat to the UK than EU directives, terrorism or a foreign power invading.”
”A greater threat to the UK than EU directives, terrorism or a foreign power invading
There is a clear need to adapt and change. Whilst there is more talk and awareness surrounding the topic, it’s still one that doesn’t have real urgency placed on it. Our planet is changing at a fast rate, and this change is happening every day. El Nino is the results of extreme weather worldwide. Changes in the Pacific Ocean such as a rise in temperature affects weather patterns. Officials back in 2014 predicted an increase in warmer weather, but why don’t businesses take more of an advantage of this information? Information like this is key for planning and putting energy management quotas in place, to not only reduce energy usage but also reduce costs.
As we have seen, the weather is still unpredictable and is forever changing; it is not set in stone. Decisions are often rushed and left until last minute, but why is this still happening in 2018 when we are seemingly supposed to be much more clued up about these topics? There needs to be a set process and in-depth planning to be ahead of the upcoming seasons. Businesses can suffer without sufficient planning and create considerably larger amounts of CO2 emissions which is adding to the problem.
Break Away From Trends And Action A Sensible Plan
It needn’t be difficult either; we all strive to reduce our carbon footprint in our day to day lives. Planning ahead is significant in achieving reduction. The choices that are made for energy solutions impact the functionality and energy usage. Trends come and go and are closely linked to our everyday decision making. Weather can be looked upon as a trend therefore when it comes to making business decisions the weather right now is often (sometimes unintentionally) the overriding factor. Furthermore, renewable energy is also a trend which many are investing in based on the current weather right now, but the weather is especially unpredictable in the UK, thus planning for the future in advance is a very important aspect. The energy sector must adapt fast in order to successfully help conserve the planet for future generations. With our summers becoming much hotter and winters becoming colder, the demand and need for energy continues to increase.
Energy is always needed but it is important to recognise from the media and other sources, the damage and significant changes that are occurring. Additionally, buying into these trends can be detrimental in the long run, for example buying a new boiler just because of attractive government grants, when in fact it can be more cost effective to maintain or add specific technology to your current boiler. It’s not rocket science; it’s just about being smart and putting a plan in place (well in advance) in which you can closely monitor. Just like you plan a work schedule or plan meetings in advance, this idea works on the same basis. Energy is always needed constantly, and demand will increase especially with a consistent rising population and economic growth. If we place focus on conserving energy as much as possible, then CO2 emissions can be reduced. Energy management allows planning ahead for certain seasons and ensuring the right measures are in place, and you’d be silly not to start planning your energy management scheme for your business right away. Don’t fall into the trap of trends. Become organised and efficient.
Take Away Questions…
Does this hot weather affect the decision-making process of the energy management team, bought in facility management contracts or even the controlling board?
When it’s hot why would you talk about reducing heating costs?
Everyone knows the ultimate benefit implementation of energy/cost saving initiatives need to be installed and commissioned in September/October to gain a full heating season towards Return on Investments. Yet is this being discussed at board level or even in parliament?
Why are these people waiting and then rushing when it’s too late? Is this a sector disaster waiting to happen?