How to Reduce Lift Energy Consumption?

March 15, 2024

Lift energy consumption refers to the energy utilised by elevators or lifts in buildings during operation. Addressing lift energy usage is paramount in today’s environmentally conscious world, where sustainability and energy efficiency are critical priorities for businesses and individuals. At Fenston & Cromwell, we recognise the significance of this issue and are committed to providing innovative solutions to help reduce lift power usage.

Understanding Lift Energy Usage

Mechanical Components

Lift energy usage is influenced by various factors, starting with the mechanical components of the lift system itself. Older lifts may use outdated technology that is less energy-efficient, while newer models are equipped with advanced features designed to minimise energy usage.

Operational Practices

Operational practices also play a crucial role in determining lift energy usage. Factors such as the frequency of lift usage, the number of stops made, and the weight of passengers can all impact energy efficiency. By optimising operational practices, building owners can significantly reduce lift energy usage.

Technological Aspects

Advancements in lift technology have led to the development of energy-efficient lift systems that utilise regenerative drives, LED lighting, and other innovative features. These technological advancements help minimise energy waste and improve overall lift performance.

Importance of Reducing Lift Energy Usage

Environmental Impact

Reducing lift power usage is essential for mitigating buildings’ environmental impact. Lifts are significant energy consumers in commercial and residential properties, and implementing energy-efficient solutions can help reduce carbon emissions and conserve natural resources.

Cost Savings for Building Owners

In addition to environmental benefits, reducing lift energy usage can result in substantial cost savings for building owners. Energy-efficient lift systems require less electricity, lowering utility bills and improving financial performance.

Long-term Sustainability

By investing in energy-efficient lift solutions, building owners can future-proof their properties and ensure long-term sustainability. Energy-efficient lifts benefit the environment and bottom line and enhance the overall value and attractiveness of the building to tenants and occupants.

Assessing Current Lift Power Usage

Conducting an Energy Audit

Before implementing energy-saving measures, it is essential to conduct a thorough energy audit to assess current lift energy usage. This involves gathering data on lift usage patterns, energy usage, and peak usage times to identify areas for improvement.

Identifying Peak Usage Times

Understanding when lifts experience peak usage is critical for optimising energy consumption. By identifying peak usage times, building owners can implement strategies to reduce energy usage during periods of high demand.

Analysing Historical Data

Analysing historical data can provide insights into lift energy usage trends. By reviewing past energy usage patterns, building owners can identify opportunities for optimisation and implement targeted solutions to reduce energy consumption.

Strategies to Reduce Lift Power Usage

Upgrading to Energy-efficient Lift Systems

One of the most effective ways to reduce lift energy usage is by upgrading to energy-efficient lift systems. Modern lift technologies offer significant improvements in energy efficiency, including regenerative drives, LED lighting, and advanced control systems.

Latest Technological Advancements

Staying abreast of the latest advancements in lift technology is essential for reducing energy consumption. Fenston & Cromwell continuously evaluates emerging technologies and incorporates them into our products to provide the most energy-efficient solutions to our clients.

Benefits of Upgrading

The benefits of upgrading to energy-efficient lift systems extend beyond energy savings. Energy-efficient lifts also offer improved reliability, safety, and comfort for building occupants, enhancing overall satisfaction and building performance.

Implementing Smart Scheduling Systems

Smart scheduling systems can help optimise lift usage and reduce energy consumption by intelligently managing lift operations based on demand. By dynamically adjusting lift schedules in real-time, smart scheduling systems ensure efficient resource use while minimising energy waste.

Optimising Lift Usage During Off-peak Hours

Encouraging stairs or escalators during off-peak hours can help reduce lift power usage. By promoting alternative modes of transportation, building owners can alleviate strain on lift systems and minimise energy usage during periods of low demand.

Utilising Predictive Maintenance

Implementing predictive maintenance strategies can help prevent costly breakdowns and improve lift energy efficiency. By leveraging data analytics and sensors, building owners can avoid potential issues before they escalate, ensuring optimal lift performance and energy savings.

Employee and User Awareness

Training for Building Occupants

Educating building occupants about energy-efficient practices can promote responsible lift usage and reduce energy consumption. Training programs can include tips on using lifts efficiently, such as avoiding unnecessary stops and carpooling whenever possible.

Promoting Energy-efficient Practices

Promoting energy-efficient practices among employees and users reinforces the importance of reducing lift energy usage. By raising awareness about energy-saving initiatives, building owners can adopt a culture of sustainability and encourage positive behaviour change.

Encouraging Responsible Lift Usage

Encouraging responsible lift usage through signage, messaging, and incentives can minimise energy waste and improve overall efficiency. By reminding users to take the stairs for short trips or to wait for a fully loaded lift, building owners can contribute to energy conservation efforts.

Regulatory Compliance and Incentives

Overview of Relevant Regulations

It’s essential to comply with building codes and regulations when implementing energy-saving lift measures. Fenston & Cromwell ensures that all our products comply with relevant standards and regulations to provide safe and reliable lift solutions for our clients.

Available Incentives for Energy-efficient Lift Installations

Many jurisdictions offer incentives and rebates for installing energy-efficient lift systems. Fenston & Cromwell can help building owners navigate available incentives and maximise cost savings while reducing lift power usage.

Future Trends in Lift Energy Efficiency

Emerging Technologies

The future of lift energy efficiency lies in emerging technologies such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity. These technologies offer new opportunities for optimising lift operations and further reducing energy consumption.

Research and Development Initiatives

Fenston & Cromwell is committed to ongoing research and development initiatives to improve energy efficiency. By investing in innovation, we strive to stay at the forefront of lift technology and provide our clients with the most advanced and energy-efficient solutions.


Reducing lift energy consumption is a multifaceted endeavour requiring technological innovation, operational optimisation, and user awareness. By upgrading to energy-efficient lift systems, implementing smart scheduling systems, and promoting responsible lift usage, building owners can significantly reduce energy consumption and contribute to a more sustainable future.

We encourage building owners and managers to contact us at Fenston & Cromwell to explore how we can help reduce their lift power usage and enhance their buildings’ efficiency and sustainability.

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