“I think it is very important to be efficient when it comes to electricity. We want to know exactly how much we are consuming so we can save not only economically, but also avoid waste and protect the planet”

– Manuel Rodríguez, Chief Executive Officer, Guitarras Manuel Rodríguez

Endesa technicians carried out an in-depth study of the Rodríguez production facility and then submitted a detailed report: a sort of “X-ray” of the factory’s energy consumption.

The study phase lasted one week, during which activities continued normally within the factory without interruptions or drops in productivity.

Simple measures are all it takes to save

Using the information we acquire from companies, as in the case of the guitar factory, we present our customers with a structured plan of energy efficiency measures based on two main categories of possible interventions.

The first category is that of savings (up to 15%) that can be obtained with simple precautions, without any particular investments. Companies can choose contractual energy that adapts to the company’s consumption profile; similarly, they can opt for the tariff offer that best meets their needs.

One of the most important interventions is actually the detection and resolution of the problem of hidden or abnormal consumption: an estimated 68% of companies experience “ghost consumption.” Lastly, it is very important to raise awareness amongst all of the company’s employees and external contractors, as well as its customers, regarding the importance of energy saving.

In the long-term, and if made in significant numbers in a factory, small daily gestures to avoid wasting energy make a big difference in terms of economic savings and environmental protection. This type of intervention costs more or less nothing, and only requires the engagement of a consultancy service such as energy diagnosis. The rewards can include savings of up to 15% of consumption.

Investing in efficiency to save more

The savings can reach 40% (second intervention category) if a company chooses to invest in equipment to optimise its electricity consumption, such as those relating to lighting and air conditioning.

Renewing technological equipment with more efficient devices can guarantee significant savings in environmental terms as well, and this also applies to gas systems such as heating. Replacing a conventional boiler with a more modern version, in addition to reducing bills by 40%, can also reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 25%.

We additionally suggest installing control and monitoring systems as an insurance against future waste. Our plan also helps offset reactive energy, i.e. the energy absorbed by “empty” electrical appliances: in doing so we contribute to reducing the part of the electricity bill caused by this phenomenon.

Lastly, we help our customers deal with any issues that may arise relating to the supply of electricity: for example, wave problems that affect voltage, current and the overheating of conductors.

“The reports you sent us are very interesting because we now know exactly where we are making mistakes with energy and consumption, and where we can intervene to save and be more efficient”

– Manuel Rodríguez, Chief Executive Officer, Guitarras Manuel Rodríguez

Energy diagnosis at the national level

For all these services, the Enel Group company Endesa is the most suitable supplier: not only due to our experience with individual companies, but also because we have produced a detailed energy consultancy report relating to the business world of the entire European Union, with particular attention to the situation in Spain. The document is updated yearly and examines the economic, technological and regulatory aspects of companies’ energy consumption.

The figures are clear. For example, the report highlighted how approximately three out of five companies in Spain could improve their tariff plan, and that only one in five of these has implemented measures to improve energy efficiency.

The main interventions for increasing efficiency are the optimisation of contractual energy, control of reactive energy and the installation of LED lighting. The benefits are immediate in relation to contractual energy, but are similar for LED lighting and reactive energy: investments pay for themselves after a relatively short time, about 3 years and just over 2 years respectively.

In short, for us at Enel, energy consulting is an opportunity for implementing energy efficiency measures.