As a site manager, you will know that there are numerous variables at play when constructing projects. One of the most important pieces of the puzzle is creating an energy efficient project site to ensure success now and for years to come. From powering tools and lighting your worksite to keeping material cool, energy efficiency can have a huge impact on the bottom line, as well as the environment. Fortunately, with the right strategies in place it doesn’t have to be difficult to create a cost-effective construction site while improving environmental performance too!
In this article, SRP Hire Solutions will be exploring five easy steps you can take to create an energy efficient construction site – saving time, money and resources along the way.
1. Identify Energy Waste
You can’t save energy if you don’t know where it is being wasted in the first place! It’s important to start by identifying areas where energy is being unnecessarily used and wasted, then action plans can be drawn up to reduce or avoid these sources of wastage. For example, this could be through the use of motion-sensitive lights and automatic shut-offs, or by regularly checking that all tools on the site are switched off when not in use.
2. Investigate Renewable Energy Sources
As an industry that relies heavily on energy to power tools and other activities, you should consider options for renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, or even geothermal energy. Investing in renewable energy sources can be a great way to reduce your carbon footprint while saving money too.
3. Utilise Smart Technology
Smart technology is an increasingly popular choice for businesses looking to streamline business processes and create an energy efficient workspace. Automating certain tasks such as lighting, temperature control and security can help to save both energy and money while still keeping the site secure.
4. Consider Energy-Efficient Equipment
When sourcing equipment for your construction site, it’s important to consider how energy efficient they are likely to be. Many manufacturers produce energy-efficient tools or solutions that you may not have considered before. Investing in these could potentially save you money on energy bills and reduce your environmental impact too.
5. Monitor & Evaluate
It’s important to regularly monitor the energy efficiency of the construction site and evaluate the results to ensure that savings are being made where possible. Regular meetings with stakeholders or team members can be a great way to ensure everyone is on track and that the site is functioning as efficiently as possible.
By following these five easy steps, you can make sure your construction site is set up for success. Investing in renewable energy sources, utilising smart technology, considering energy efficient equipment and monitoring progress can all help to create an environmentally friendly construction site that contributes to saving the planet, rather than causing more disruption and damage.