Energy monitoring firm, Advanced Carbon Energy Solutions (ACES), has warned that UK businesses are wasting almost half of their energy without even knowing.

Recent research conducted by British Gas gathered data from over 6,000 smart meter readings, and illustrated that a whopping 46% of business electricity use happens outside the traditional business hours of 8.00am-6.00pm.

Using its Gateway Monitoring System, ACES aims to warn businesses of all sizes the expensive risk they are taking by not managing their energy usage, and that since the economic downturn, this should be a number one priority for business owners.

ACES has previously implemented a Gateway Energy Monitoring System at Twycross Zoo, where it was able to spot a water leak that the company were unaware of due to the excessive amount of water being used through the night. Based on recommendations from ACES, the zoo made the changes necessary and have saved 20% on their annual energy bills.

Jason Davis, managing director of ACES, witnesses many cases where businesses are unaware of the amount of energy they are using. He said, “Businesses think they are doing all they can by using efficient equipment and turning off switches, but there’s more to it than meets the eye. By implementing our systems we can see exactly where every bit of energy is going and when.”