Cutting Museum Operating Costs Through Energy Management: A Beginner’s Guide

Energy tips

As autumn sets in, your museum may consume more energy, but you can reduce these costs through efficient energy management. No one enjoys paying for their museum energy and knowing how to reduce costs can be complex – but AIM can help.

The AIM Energy Action Group is FREE for all AIM members and once you have joined, you can get free, no obligation energy quotes. The Energy Buying Group has a proven track record of providing unbeatable quotes for its members; quotes which were otherwise unavailable to individual organisations.

We asked Geoff Berry, Senior Energy Advisor at Touchstone Energy Management Services, who manage the AIM Energy Action Group for our members for some top tips to help you get on top of your energy bills this season.


  • Use advanced energy metering and reporting

By installing a smart meter, you will know exactly how much energy you have used, and at what time you used it. This doesn’t just refer to electricity but also to gas and water usage too. By having reliable figures, you can work out your daily usage and forecast expected costs without having to wait for someone to come around and read your meter.

Not only will your smart meter be able to offer accurate and up to date information about the amount of energy you have used, it can also tell you the costs of usage, allowing you to know whether you are still on target, or need to reassess some of your actions to really cut your costs.


  • Put up signs to remind everyone in your museum about saving energy

An efficient (and cheap!) way to remind people about energy consumption is by using signs and notices, located at key strategic points. By placing a sign reminding people to turn off the lights before they leave next to the light switch or reduce water usage with a sign next to the tap, you will see your energy and water consumption drop.


  • Effective lighting is a vital aspect in displaying exhibits, but it can be costly

Lighting is of paramount importance to museums, but how can you deliver effective lighting whilst keeping energy costs low?

A lighting audit takes into account the number and type of lights throughout a museum site. It includes internal and external lighting, exhibit lighting and lighting in all other areas. It looks at the rating and kilowatt consumption of installed lighting along with the hours and days of operation. This method can be remarkably accurate in identifying total site consumption, and by applying user tariffs to site consumption figures it is possible to extract concise lighting costs for an entire site. Ideally, a museum should maintain a register of types and numbers of lighting throughout a site.

A survey will also identify outdated and inadequate lighting and should result in both a reduction in electricity costs and an improvement in light quality. Improved lighting should also reduce replacement and maintenance costs.


  • Get some assistance!

There are several ways to efficiently reduce your energy usage, which will have a significant impact on reducing your operating costs. However, as all museums are different, there is no one size fits all solution. Instead, it is well worth seeking professional help. One of the benefits of the AIM Energy Action Group is that Touchstone can tailor a specific energy management strategy to suit your business needs. By having our experts lend a hand, you can save energy and cut operating costs far more quickly and efficiently, leaving you to reap the rewards far more quickly than going it alone.

At Touchstone Energy Management Services, we pride ourselves on helping museums of any size to reduce their energy consumption.

For more information about our solutions and how to sign up for the AIM Energy Action group please contact us at Contact Touchstone.

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