Dec 8, 2023

Cutting Commercial Energy Waste With Real-Time Data


Why is there a picture of apples on a blog about energy saving?  We spoke to energy monitoring software providers GridDuck to find out.  Here’s what they say:

With fuel shortages, unprecedented price hikes and the bankruptcy of large industry names, energy security has been a top concern for businesses and households over the last couple of years. While homes benefit from some government incentives, such as price caps and energy rebates, business energy rates are not protected by the same benefits. This, in combination with the energy intensive nature of many businesses and ambitious Net Zero targets, means the issue of commercial energy waste is a more pressing issue than ever.

London-based SaaS offering, GridDuck, exist to solve this issue. While many old commercial buildings are energy inefficient, building management systems are expensive to retrofit. GridDuck offers the average business an affordable and easy-to-use energy monitoring platform. Working with businesses across the public sector, hospitality, retail, agriculture, manufacturing and more, the platform provides these clients with total visibility over their electricity, gas and water spend.

But GridDuck is about more than just data; it’s about helping the ordinary business owner to make sense of this data. With a range of alerts, automation, reports, visualization and predictive maintenance features, GridDuck users can identify which appliances, times and buildings are their most problematic for energy waste. From there, energy saving is a lot more straightforward.

Amongst GridDuck success stories are Hertfordshire based fruit farm, Priors Grove. Although the business knew their fruit cold stores were energy intensive, using GridDuck, they were able to identify how particular operational changes could reduce their energy usage. Prior’s Grove’s manager, Joe Pardoe, was looking at GridDuck’s data and realised that the farm could save energy by packing their cold stores earlier in the day when ambient temperatures were lower. In this way, the cold store would require less energy for cooling. As it turns out, Mr Pardoe was right. By simply packing their cold stores earlier in the day, Priors Grove were able to save 45% on their energy consumption.

But the possibilities for GridDuck don’t end there. GridDuck CEO, Gregor Hoefter, explains how the platform has been designed with “grid balancing, estate management, tenant billing and sustainability reporting in mind”, even taking its name from the California hourly energy graph: the “duck curve”. So, whether you are a business owner, consultant, landlord or developer: whether your primary interest is accounting, sustainability, operational efficiency or cost saving, GridDuck has something to offer. To learn more about GridDuck, book a 15 minute consultation here. For energy news and advice, head to or get in touch by emailing [email protected].



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