What Percentage Of Your Gurdwara’s Energy Bill Is Electricity?
Currently, electricity is significantly more expensive than gas in the UK. So, if your monthly energy costs are mainly made up of electricity, it is relatively straightforward to cut back on your usage.
Below, we have listed some methods to help you reduce your electricity usage.
Switch to gas cooking equipment
Gurdwaras do a lot of cooking to feed the homeless and other people experiencing food insecurity. You should be able to save a significant amount of money by switching to a gas oven and stovetop.
Switch to a gas boiler
Gurdwaras also use a lot of energy to keep their buildings heated for community members struggling to stay afloat at this time. If your Gurdwara uses electric heaters or an electric boiler, then it is spending more than it should on electricity.
While a new gas boiler might be quite expensive to install, the amount you will save by switching to a newer, energy-efficient boiler will cover the costs in a few years.
Old incandescent light bulbs use much more power than newer compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs and LED light bulbs. CFL bulbs are between 70 and 80% more efficient than incandescent bulbs, and LED light bulbs are even more efficient. By replacing all of the light bulbs in your Gurdwara with LED light bulbs, you will save a surprising amount on electricity.
It will also be a good idea for Gurdwaras to make use of motion-sensing lights in rooms like bathrooms and pantries. When these rooms are not in use, these lights will not turn on, effectively reducing electricity consumption.
Conduct an energy audit
If you aren’t sure where else your Gurdwara can save on electricity, then it may be a good idea to bring in an energy auditor. This auditor will determine how much electricity your Gurdwara uses and can offer advice on how to reduce it.
They can indicate which appliances are using the most energy, and determine if the building has faulty wiring that might be causing wastage.