Budgeting is always a big concern if you want to effectively run a business. Operating costs, payroll, and taxes are all usually associated with normal day to day spending; but what about budgeting for energy? Often times budgeting for energy is overlooked, and it shouldn’t be! No matter the size of the company, you need to find a commonality in your energy spending and have the right tools to leverage so that you can budget properly. From top to bottom, we will go over some useful tips to minimize and streamline cost-effective ways to save on energy.
Running a sustainable and profitable business, you want to be able to track and monitor trailing energy costs. Gathering this type of data can be a hassle and a painfully long process if you don’t know what to look for. If you run a small business it will be pretty easy to gather this sort of data since your whole operation is housed under one roof. But if you run a medium to large size business, you may want to think about breaking down energy consumption by division or commodity. On top of that; do you want to gather data by month, quarter, or yearly? Choosing which data you want to quantify first will save you a lot of headaches in the long run.
Data collection technology has evolved so much through complex algorithms that can pinpoint pretty much any value that you’d like. Using historical usage data only tells part of the story, no matter what data range you set it to (daily, monthly,etc.). Past data will be a benchmark to set and track energy performance and usage, but you should only use this as a foundation to build future data from.
Energy tracking software has become so advanced in the 21st century that it would be foolish not to use one for your business. Algorithms take into account factors such as utility rates, weather, and business trends so it takes the guessing game out of the equation. You can get the most realistic picture of a fixed energy budget for the foreseeable future. But, don’t take these numbers as factual just yet, there are other factors that must be taken into consideration. Seasonality can be huge whether you live in a stable climate or a fluctuating one. There’s no telling how hot or cold that days and nights can get. Weather forecasting from meteorological data can be built right into these complex systems. More factors can be investing in more energy efficient tools, operations, and equipment, as well as any changes in daily business operation.
Now that you have a clear set goal on how to define an energy budget, you should have all the tools needed to monitor and collect actual energy usage in real time with energy tracking software. Be sure to follow all of these useful steps in order to properly create and maintain and annual energy budget.