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Business could save £1bn through energy behaviour change

British companies could save as much as £1bn on their energy bills by changing their ‘energy behaviours’ rather than rely on technical solutions, according to Npower energy experts as reported in the Telegraph this week. Each company could save between 3-15pc, or an average saving of 9pc, the supplier added.

Npower Business Solutions, a division of the Big Six supplier, said that it has already helped customers to drive bills down by £26m after acquiring an energy management firm which specialises in company habits.

Npower snapped up the RUMM energy consultancy in April last year as part of the company’s plan to grow within the increasingly competitive business supply market.

A spokeswoman for the supplier said Npower is targeting total savings of £1bn for its energy customers by focusing on RUMM’s behavioural approach to energy saving for with their sophisticated energy management software and business energy reduction UK
gasEach company could save between 3-15pc, or an average saving of 9pc, the supplier added.

Npower’s Phil Griffiths said: “It often surprises businesses to find out that non-technical savings are usually greater than technical savings. Through learning about your energy habits, it is easy to make subtle, low-cost and effective changes to help keep down your energy bills. It’s already produced clear and proven benefits for firms, big and small, saving businesses we have worked with over £26m.”

The supplier refers to its behaviour analysts as “carbon psychologists” and says that the experts can design energy saving programmes by addressing employee energy habits to help them adopt more energy efficient ways of working.

A study from trade group Energy UK found that the business supply market has seen a consistent increase in competitiveness in recent years. Currently there are 24 suppliers active in the business market of which over a fifth joined the market last year.

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Things are constantly changing in the energy sector with many new surprises such as the new Demand Turn Up scheme from National Grid. The idea is that during periods of high renewable generation when the Grid finds it has more energy than it can use, energy-intensive consumers would be encouraged to use more. By either turning off onsite generation from, for example, combined heat and power (CHP) plant or by running an energy-intensive process, such as smelting at a foundry or pumping water at a sewage treatment plant.

A pilot scheme which will run over the summer when wind and solar generation can be high and electricity demand is typically low. Participating businesses will be notified in advance of the extra available energy then, if they respond, they can boost productivity for minimal extra cost plus receive a payment for doing so.

Currently, on very windy days, when output from renewable generation is high the National Grid will turn large power stations down. Or wind turbines themselves may need to be turned off, simply because the power they generate cannot be used.

Filling the energy storage gap

As energy storage technologies become viable utilising energy management solutions it’s likely that storing this extra renewable energy until needed becomes a more cost-effective option. I recently blogged about a 640kWh battery storage system being trailed by Western Power Distribution at a solar farm in Somerset.

Although battery storage systems are predicted to become more efficient and the current high costs to fall, they are not yet able to provide a wide-scale commercial solution to balancing supply and demand. So it will be interesting to see how National Grid’s Demand Turn Up scheme fares.

If you are in any Industry sectors such as Energy Reduction in Manufacturing and looking for ways to reduce energy consumption, click here to find out more and get the information required.

Save energy and help save the planet

New to energy savings? Is your company using too much energy? RUMM can help you by utilising their Energy Management Services.

Using the latest technology and experience RUMM have successfully implemented their system at many companies throughout the country achieving amazing results that speak for themselves.

How can RUMM help you business?

Let’s start with this – If you are a commercial or industrial consumer with an annual energy spend of more than £250k then we can help you understand the costs, legislation and opportunities for cost and energy reductions open to you.  Moreover we are here to help you deliver real energy and cost reductions and, for a lot of organisations, represent the best energy management option as we bring expertise and people to your site to help.

RUMM offer a FREE initial assessment which will answer many questions.

What does the Free Energy Assessment involve?

Providing us with your annual energy cost and consumption data will give us enough information to estimate:

  1. How much energy you should be able to save yourself
  2. The range of savings you would achieve working with RUMM

If the information that we provide for you is sufficiently interesting then we can visit your organisation to discuss how the RUMM services would best suit your needs.  If you (and RUMM) are convinced that energy saving opportunity exists then the next stage of engagement is the CAP:

CAP – a Comprehensive site Audit and Plan that will provide the following:

  1. A specification and cost of the most appropriate site metering infrastructure that may incorporate existing meters and collection technology; and is capable of providing sufficient information to generate savings, legal compliance and utility bill validation
  2. A prioritised list of potential energy saving projects with typical ROI (Cap Ex costs and associated savings)
  3. Data analysis of your existing ½ hourly utility supply data using RUMM software demonstrating how monitoring analysis can highlight saving opportunity at your site
  4. An indication of what you could save if you undertook to do the energy management yourself
  5. A business case outlining your savings over 5 years in partnership with RUMM including a 2 year cash flow analysis and capital spend requirement
  6. A financial model to fund a 5 year programme if  the business requires external funding

By utiling RUMM’S Automatic Monitoring & Targeting (aM&T) solution which is specific to your site(s) and be installed by our own engineers. We will install new meters and utilise existing metering as appropriate and maintain your aM&T infrastructure to ensure that savings can be measured and monitored.

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Your Best Energy Management Option

Does your company take energy saving seriously?

Would you like to do something proactive in business energy reduction and play your part in saving our planet?

RUMM is a company that take their business and their clients very seriously and the results speak for themselves.

RUMM’s Business energy reduction UK main focus is to provide resources and expertise in design and deliver energy management services and solutions in partnership with its customers to achieve cost and carbon reduction. With the support of RUMM your company can achieve incredible results in energy consumption thus reducing a huge amount of cost.

This means that RUMM provide the resource and expertise to work with their customers for a contracted period to deliver measurable savings. “Energy Management Services” is 90% of what they do and includes using all available technologies (aM&T), Behaviour Change and bespoke training.

Have a read of the case study below as to the impact RUMM has had on Cardiff Metropolitan University.

A 7 year Partnership that has accrued more than £1m of savings and reduced the carbon footprint by 15%.

The Client

Cardiff Metropolitan University provides education and training opportunities that are accessible, flexible and of the highest quality. Cardiff Metropolitan has been acknowledged as the “greenest university” in Wales and one of the best across the UK. The University has been a customer of RUMM for over 7 years and the saving accrued are in excess of £1m.

The Brief

As part of the Partnership, RUMM were asked to work with Cardiff Metropolitan to focus upon increasing staff and student engagement by utilising the RUMM aM&T system to provide regular reporting. The goal was to provide reliable and accurate data to inform and motivate management throughout the university.

The Method

Working together, RUMM and Cardiff Metropolitan developed a 5-year plan to reduce utility consumption by 3% per annum. Monthly bespoke reports are prepared and presented to key managers within the University, detailing performance within their respective areas. RUMM’s energy account managers work closely with staff to identify and support Cardiff Metropolitan in realising savings.

Regular meetings are held in order to highlight opportunities for improvement and suggest practical ways in which these can be addressed.

The Results

All targets have so far been exceeded, and Cardiff Metropolitan is has to:

•             Realised financial savings in excess of £1 million

•             Achieved a reduction in its CO2 emissions by more than 15% which is equivalent to the amount of carbon annually absorbed by a forest of 650,000 trees

•             Reduced water consumption by more than 45,000 m3 which is equivalent to 18 Olympic-sized swimming pools

These excellent results have contributed to Cardiff Metropolitan attaining its position as the greenest university in Wales.

Click here for the link to the People and Planet League Table. The Carbon Trust wrote an editorial on the success of the Behaviour Change Program employed at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Why it Worked – behaviour change

The key to this project has been an increase in staff interest and engagement stemming from the provision of useful information. Provided with regular feedback, people have responded to achieve necessary reduction targets.

“Cardiff Metropolitan University has been delighted with how successful the aM&T methodology has proven in comparison with the more conventional approach involving technical projects”

-Paul Manley, Cardiff Metropolitan University

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npower Business Solutions is committed to helping companies manage their energy needs

RUMM leaders in Business energy reduction have announced some exciting news that will continue to reduce business energy consumption in the most powerful way.

RWE npower acquires Welsh tech firm RUMM

Cloud-based technology to contribute to British business opportunity to save up to £4 billion per year on energy

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1st April, 2015 — RWE npower today announced the acquisition of specialist energy Management Company RUMM in a move that could help British business save up to £4 billion on their annual energy bills. The Welsh tech firm, which was spun out of the University of South Wales, uses the latest innovations in cloud-based data analytics to help businesses monitor and control their energy in real time.

Since its inception in 2005, RUMM Energy Management Services has already saved over £43 million for its customers. npower Business Solutions, which is the second largest supplier of energy to British businesses, will roll out RUMM’s software to its biggest customers in Q2 2015, with the goal of delivering energy efficiency at scale.

With the UK’s industrial and commercial sectors spending £20 billion a year on electricity and gas, npower Business Solutions has shown that increasing energy efficiency by 20% could represent a collective saving of around £4 billion annually to British business.

Paul Massara, CEO of RWE npower, said: “npower Business Solutions is committed to helping the UK’s largest companies manage their energy needs so they can budget for the future. RUMM’s technology is truly innovative, giving businesses the tools they need to make significant savings on the bottom line.

“This deal represents an important investment in both our energy solutions business and the thriving South Wales tech community. With the right support and incentives, we are confident that Welsh start-ups, like RUMM, will continue to grow, exporting their expertise across the world.”

Dr Stephen Lloyd, Chairman and co-founder of RUMM, said: “Being part of RWE npower represents a huge opportunity for RUMM. npower Business Solutions wants to provide the best possible energy management for its customers and RUMM has the capability to help deliver this.  We spoke to a number of energy suppliers, but the way the team at npower want to bring innovation to their customers proved decisive.”

Jamie Watkins, Co-founder and Director of Sales at RUMM, added: “This is a proud day for everyone at RUMM. We’ve continued to invest in the development of our “best in class” software, while waving the flag for Welsh entrepreneurship. We are excited at the prospect of working with npower Business Solutions to help some of the UK’s biggest companies cut energy, cost and carbon.”

Developed as the result of work at the University of South Wales RUMM’s proprietary software, IBASS, captures and stores energy usage data every half-hour to identify potential inefficiencies on customers’ sites. The software provides the basis to enable significant energy reduction and has the capability to offer switch-off measures.  RUMM’S software is integral to its behavioural approach to energy management which is a unique aspect of its offering.

 

World class leaders in saving energy

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RUMM are delighted to announce that Co-founder, director and company secretary of RUMM Energy Management Services, Steve Thomas has been appointed Professor of Innovation and Engagement at the University of South Wales.

A Professorship in Innovation and Engagement is a prestigious title and is the most senior designation bestowed by the University in recognition of excellence in enterprise related activities. Steve has been recognised for his outstanding contribution in innovation and engagement activities and applied research.  A significant element of Steve’s application was based on his spin-out activity with Steve Lloyd (Chairman), particularly the applied research and energy management work at RUMM.

Steve will continue to act as the main conduit between RUMM and the university to ensure continued successful research collaboration which has been key in the development of RUMM’s energy saving technologies.

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Paying too much for your energy

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Find Out How the Future Might Look In Manufacturing

RUMM are passionate about Reduce Business Energy Consumption and excited about being an event partner at Mitsubishi’s Future Manufacturing Event held at Sheffield University on March 17th. The ‘Future Manufacturing Event’ is a combination of seminars, exhibitions and one-to-one contact with experts and is intended to appeal to anyone working in manufacturing, engineering or automation and interested in where manufacturing and technology are today and where they will be in the near future.

The seminar programme is split into two parts – one concentrating on Energy Solutions the other Industry 4.0 (the internet of things). RUMM are contributing to the Energy Solutions Seminars but will be very keen to gain any new insight to emerging technologies that will help our own technology developments.

We will be delighted to invite existing and prospective customers along to this timely event. Please click here RUMM energy management services if you would like any further information or if you would like us to arrange a free invitation.