Another Reason to Energy Audit

As we approach the end of 2019, the Hong Kong power utilities publish their electricity tariff adjustment, aka price rises.

For 2020 Hong Kong Electric (HKE) customers will enjoy approx. 5% cost increase and China Light Power (CLP) customers will enjoy around 2.5% cost increase, RTHK reported on 10 Dec 2019.

https://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1496953-20191210.htm

Fear not, RTHK reports that some Hong Kong Electric corporate customers will be exempt, but that is bad news for the individual customers who will be paying for that corporate windfall.

In this context, we suspect that corporate customers really means their highest electricity users, and automatically reducing the financial incentive to lower their energy consumption and lower costs.

Part of the problem is related to Hong Kong’s energy policy, it only targets lowering carbon intensity which seems fantastic until you know their plan, to importing more electricity from China generated by nuclear power, this policy is short-sighted, it encourages the status quo, keeping the energy-wasting business as usual culture in place, causing energy waste which has reached epidemic proportions in Hong Kong.

Last year we predicted these increasing tariffs, so looking forward we’ll predict and expect the same type of Christmas gift form HKE and CLP next year.

upgrading energy systems with HEC or CLP funding

HEC and CLP can provide a subsidy to building owners/managers to upgrade the communal services in buildings, including air conditioning, lifts, lighting, water pumps, etc. in commercial and residential buildings.

funding for energy efficiency improvement

It’s a fantastic opportunity for capital (CAPex) funding for energy efficiency improvement work! Both schemes are arranged to provide the rebate AFTER the work is completed and approved by the respective utility.

And both utilities require pre-endorsement by Registered Energy Assessor (REA) before application.

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Upgrading Existing Buildings

Greening of existing buildings can be a challenge, but the HEC Eco building fund and CLP Smart Power fund can help finance energy efficiency improvement to lower your CAPex and your future energy bills.

For more information call us on +852 2335 9830 today!

Public Waste Reveals More Than You Think

energy waste
It’s true, we learn and absorb information visually, leave the lights on, whether its the outside lighting or in the office, that is a demonstration of your leadership.

We are watching and learning, subconsciously we all understand that saving energy is not really a priority, and everyone can follow your lead. A single lamp is important because it demonstrates your culture. If you dont care, why should we.

#energyefficiency #climatechangeexcuse #energywaste

secret life of Variable Speed Drives by John A. Herbert

Following the success of the secret life of chillers, the secret life of Variable Speed Drives (VSD) might be equally important.
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Variable Speed Drives (VSD), also known as Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) can replace motor starters and lower energy costs, but this graph above (real data) shows the motor speed remains pretty constant all day long.  Continue reading

No excuse to delay energy upgrades on HK Island by John A. Herbert

Funding Energy Upgrades

John Herbert - Green Building Seminar 2011
Cost is always the key issue for energy upgrading projects right? Yet dollar matched funding, upto HKD 200,000 is available for residential projects on Hong Kong Island. For example, for Incorporated Owners (IO) where the total cost of your energy saving project is for example HKD150,000, HKD 75,000 is refunded!

Kelcroft is a Qualified Service Provider (QSP) with practical expert advice to lower your costs, and energy consumption, call the experts today!

For commerical buildings you might be interested to view our Hong Kong Building Energy Consumption Mapping Project (beta) web page.

About the Author

John A. Herbert is a veteran energy expert with more than 30 years construction experience, educated in the United Kingdom he has been working across Asia for two decades for international and local companies. He is a Hong Kong Registered Energy Assessor (REA), and BEAM Professional.