Posts Tagged ‘energy’

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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Avoiding objections when switching energy supplies

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The procedure when you change supplier for your electricity or gas, is that the new supplier will send a “transfer request” to the old supplier a short while before the date when the supply is to move across.

The old supplier should then just release the supply. Occasionally, however, they block the transfer, using a procedure that is called an Objection. No reason is given, and the new supplier is just told that they cannot take over the supply.

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Energy Contract Rollover – It Could Well Be You!

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

“98% of businesses do not know when their gas or electricity contracts renew. Failure to act could end up in your prices tripling!”

This frightening statistic reflects two things – (1) businesses pay little attention to their energy supplies, and (2) energy suppliers do not miss a trick if someone does not pay attention!

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5 Ways to Control Your Energy Costs

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Despite token price reductions by the “Big 6” recently the energy market remains volatile and prices can increase at any time. As such it is important to manage your energy supplies well, here are five things you can do to maintain control.

  • Know your contracts.

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Reduced energy prices – how much will you actually gain?

Monday, January 12th, 2015

With the widely reported reduction in wholesale energy prices and the clamour to get the suppliers to reflect these reductions in their prices, just what benefit will you gain from this?

Not all of what you pay in your energy bill is made up of the energy you use, in fact there are a number of charges that make up your final bill. So what do your energy costs consist of?

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More haste less spend

Monday, December 15th, 2014

What is the decision making process in your business? Do you like to think that you can react quickly and agree a course of action? We all like to think so, but what happens if you are busy in other aspects of your business? Do you stop and prioritise which issues you need to resolve first?

The renewal of your energy contract is time sensitive in many ways. The most obvious action that requires timing within your renewal process is in making sure you issue your termination notice at the right time. If you fail to terminate then you lose the ability to change supplier and potentially the chance to access the best deals for your circumstances. There is a cost to you in missing this action.

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Dealing with energy supplier objections

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

One of the main reasons why businesses struggle to switch their energy business or have failed to in the past is due to the objections raised by their incumbent supplier that prevents the switch from going ahead. Sometimes these objections lead to the switch not occurring as to do so becomes “more trouble than it is worth”.

Even though the raising of such objections can be seen as a purposeful obstruction by the incumbent it primarily comes down to three reasons – there is an amount outstanding on your account that needs to be paid before the switch can happen, you have failed to give the correct termination for your contract, or your new supplier has applied for the transfer on the wrong date.

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Energy efficiencies outlined by Government

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Business, industry and other organisations will get help to cut their energy costs with £10 million available this year to improve efficiency and reduce energy demand, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey announced. He also unveiled new plans that will remove barriers to investment in energy infrastructure.

Mr Davey told this years’ CBI’s Energy Conference that the energy sector had seen £45 billion of investment between January 2010 and December 2013, with nearly £8 billion investment in renewable technologies in 2013 alone.

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The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)

Monday, July 7th, 2014

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is a mandatory energy assessment and energy saving identification scheme for large undertakings (and their corporate groups). The scheme applies throughout the UK.  The Environment Agency will be publishing compliance guidance later in 2014.

Am I in scope of ESOS?

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Npower to halt telesales unless it resolves billing issues

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Ofgem has secured commitments from npower to take immediate action to put right its billing and complaints issues, alongside launching a wider investigation into customer service failings under Ofgem’s new Standards of Conduct.

Ofgem is requiring npower to resolve major billing issues no later than the end of August 2014 and publish monthly progress updates on its website. Failure to meet monthly targets will result in npower ceasing all proactive telesales to new customers until they are met. The parallel investigation into npower’s customer service failings is the first case to be opened under Ofgem’s new Standards of Conduct (SoC) and could lead to a financial penalty or redress payment if they are found to have broken rules.

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