Most responsible companies and organisations are looking to lower their carbon footprints towards on climate change initiatives and Net Zero. Installation of say solar panels, wind turbines, heat pumps or even new battery technologies or even carbon recovery schemes which are expensive options with very long paybacks or in the case carbon recovery an added expense.

However often there are simple and practical steps that are very effective in saving energy. Switching things off seems to work well. Lighting for example is often making up 50-70% of your energy use.

We recently had an enquiry from a manufacturer looking to save energy by using microwave sensors in conjunction with LED lighting in their manufacturing plant.

With the latest microwave technology, the sensors can be finely tuned to the occupation of areas so that areas unoccupied areas lighting is switched off.

The concept of using LED lighting is now accepted as being more efficient than the old obsolete fluorescent or incandescent lighting.

As LED lights doesn’t require a warm up time they can switched on instantly, making their use microwave occupation sensors a great energy saving feature often saving up-to 90%

Standard LED chips also have the benefit of not emitting ultra violet (UV) or infrared rays. This also has a positive advantage to some manufacturing processes where UV or infrared are harmful to the process. Its also thought that these rays cause macular deterioration.

Small changes like this can really add up, and often have a faster payback period compared to larger capital projects. I imagine many other manufacturers and businesses would be interested in learning more about this approach

Please let us know if you have any other questions! I’m always happy to discuss energy-saving strategies and help identify practical solutions  – call us on 0333 3446084