Ashford Borough Council holds a commitment to reduce carbon emissions from their estate by 30% in adherence to their own Carbon Management Plan.
Challenges & Actions
Ashford Borough Council provides service to residents in Ashford, Tenterden and surrounding villages.
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.
Lessons & Results
Since the project began, the collective Out-Of-Hours consumption of the Civic Centre has reduced by around 37%. Being able to see 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 timer switches on a number of items.
Ashford Borough Council continue to use the GEM Portal to prove their recent LED Lighting investment.
Since installation, we have reduced our overall energy use significantly thanks to the information made available by MeasureMyEnergy (MME). We have used the MME system to map our energy throughout our organisation, allowing us to pinpoint areas we can make further saving in the future and giving us details on usage to prove the possible savings before moving forward.” Peter Brooker, Ashford Borough Council.