UK Workers Care About Energy-Saving

Saving energy at work is a huge issue for many of today's UK workers according to a new study, Greenwise Business reports. The research by YouGov shows that 68% of UK workers take extra care to try to make their work place more energy efficient.

Almost a quarter of these, 22%, told researchers that they care a great deal about energy efficiency at work. Those most concerned were employees in the hospitality and leisure industries, where 82% said they cared about the issue. Financial workers were the second most concerned group at 77%, while manufacturing was third, at 76% – out of 1,118 workers polled across the UK.

The survey showed that in turn, employers are responding to their workers' concerns. Almost two-thirds (62%) of those surveyed said that their employers had invested in energy-saving measures.

Brian Stewart, head of customer strategy and insight at British Gas' business arm, commented: "It is encouraging to find that employees, in various sectors, think that their company is dedicated to being energy efficient, particularly in the financial services sector. But it does appear that more organisations could do more to save energy."

Meanwhile, innovative technologies such as the internet of things (IoT) could help employees to save energy, through integration with building management systems (BMS), according to a report by ABI Research. The research firm believes that the IoT – which is a network of connected devices – could have a transformational effect on traditional BMS. More than eight million systems will be integrated with some form of IoT platform, application or service by 2020, says ABI.

This will allow BMS operation to be informed by external events such as changing weather conditions or variable energy pricing, while new sensors and actuators can use factors such as space allocation and building occupancy to control the BMS. IoT integration transforms the traditional BMS from an unconnected monolithic system to be part of a wider and integrated sensing and control network, ABI Research said.