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10% of UK electricity consumption down to cooling

Cooling in air-conditioning systems accounts for one tenth of Britain’s total electricity usage, according to a BRE (Building Research Establishment) report.

The study also found that the use of air conditioning within non-domestic buildings is increasing, with two-thirds of office space and 30 per cent of retail units being mechanically cooled as of 2012.

The report revealed that, of the 40 kWh/m² used to cool UK office space each year, a substantial amount is wasted due to systems being left running during evenings and weekends when buildings are unoccupied.

It’s clear that office building managers can make an immediate impact on their energy consumption by encouraging staff to turn off air-conditioning systems before leaving for the night or at the end of the working week. However, by making energy-efficiency improvements to heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, significant long-term savings can be realised. Meanwhile, maintenance costs are lowered due to the reduction in wear and tear on HVAC equipment.

Gibbons HVAC Services is vastly experienced in the delivery of energy savings to clients within the non-domestic buildings sector, fitting its air handling systems in occupied spaces such as offices, hotels, hospitals and schools.

Our high-performance, low-energy air handling units (AHUs) can be combined with ABB variable-speed drives to enable even greater control while minimising energy consumption. Equipment may pay for itself in energy savings within as little as 12 months, complemented by our comprehensive preventative maintenance packages and technical support.

For more information, call Gibbons HVAC Services Manager Andrew Knight on 07850 204915 or email

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