Archive for the ‘Saving Money’ Category

Potential new levies for those with half hourly electricity supplies

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

The way businesses use energy is continuing to come under scrutiny particularly those larger energy users out there.

Ofgem started the process with the introduction of the P272 legislation. This changed maximum demand supplies (those with a profile number of between 05 and 08) to become half hourly supplies. Part of the rational behind this was to increase transparency in when energy is being used and when not.

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Water Rates to de-regulate April 17

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

In April 2017 the remainder of the UK water market will de-regulate following on from Scotland pioneering such de-regulation back in 2008.

This means that all businesses within England and Wales can, for the first time, choose which water supplier they want to use. Up until now only the very largest users of water in England and Wales have been free to switch suppliers.

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The myth of the telecom package deal

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

A number of years ago BT carried out some market research in the SME market to see what the key factors were when choosing a telecoms supplier and deal. Apparently this research showed that the bulk of SME businesses valued the control of their expenditure the most i.e. knowing what you would be spending month on month.

As a result of this exercise BT undertook a big push on packaged phone deals for businesses (One Plans and many offshoots), you know the sort I mean where for a set amount per month you get your line rental and a number of calls included. Obviously, they could not include everything so the add-ons for certain non-geographic calls, directory space, international calls, non-direct debit payment, non paper bills etc, etc, etc, fell outside this beautifully packaged “pay one amount per month” deal.

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Secure your low energy prices whilst you can

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

 

With energy prices at their lowest for a number of years now is the time to act and secure savings before expected increases come through later in the year.

The energy “price cut” headlines have been doing the rounds for the past few weeks. However, these current reductions do not herald the start of long term lower prices, they are merely a blip before the uncertainty of future supply and proposed new supply and distribution charges will push prices up once again.

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Energy Efficiency Starts With Being Smart

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Led lighting, solar panels, PV panels, biomass boilers, building control systems, ground heat pumps, wind turbines…….. The number of energy efficient solutions within the market place today is vast and confusing, but if this is your bag are you in danger of putting the cart before the horse?

Every energy efficiency solution is backed by reams of data proving the amount of energy you can save which is great, but if you don’t understand what energy you use now then how can you measure the energy you save in the future?

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ESOS Update: Environment Agency to defer enforcement action

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

New guidance from The Environment Agency has confirmed that it is not expecting to take enforcement action for late notification of compliance with the Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS), provided it is received by 29 January 2016,.

ESOS is a mandatory energy efficiency assessment scheme designed to comply with new EU rules. The government believes it can deliver £1.6bn of net benefits to the UK, with the majority of these being directly felt by businesses as a result of energy savings.

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Connectivity is King Now!

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Every business, regardless of the sector they operate in, has a growing reliance on their internet connection to the point where it has become a business critical element. Marketing, orders, delivery, payment, customer service, all rely on a sound internet connection to a certain degree.

Despite this dependence so many businesses are still making do with the most basic of broadband connections, with high contention rates, and fluctuating performance dictated by the time of day.

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87% cut to solar rebates imminent

Monday, September 14th, 2015

The Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has proposed huge cuts in the feed in tariff rates (FiTs) for solar PV installations of as much as 87% by 1st January 2016.

FiTs provide long-term financial incentives to businesses that generate their own electricity from renewable sources. Once accredited under the scheme, installers are eligible for guaranteed “generation” payments for the power that they generate and “export” payments for additional power that they send to the grid over the life of the generation equipment.

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UK Calling initiative simplifies call charges

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

If your business currently uses 084, 087, 09 and 118 numbers then you need to be aware of changes taking place that will simplify call charges to these numbers. The new charging system (the access and service charges) applies to calls made from residential lines and consumer mobile phones. Phone operators will continue to have flexibility over how they charge for these calls from business phones.

UK Calling is a new Ofcom initiative coming into play from 1st July, which aims to make the cost of calling these service numbers clearer for everyone.

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8 Ways to Reduce Heat Loss from Your Buildings

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

On average around two thirds of heat from a typical office building is lost through the building fabric (walls, floors and ceilings). It therefore makes good sense to make improvements in this area during a major refurbishment project, and/or prior to replacing or upgrading any existing heating system.

Many businesses in the UK occupy old or dated sites so a well designed refurbishment project, whatever the size or nature, will provide an ideal opportunity to integrate energy efficiency into the fabric of the building.

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