Posts Tagged ‘save energy’

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?


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.


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!


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.


Create an energy saving culture in your hospitality business

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Everyone working in the hospitality industry has an impact on energy use, so it should be everyone’s responsibility to use energy wisely.

Where feasible appoint an energy team comprising management, cleaners and maintenance staff to help identify opportunities for savings. (more…)

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.


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?


Ofgem’s £30 billion price controls come into effect

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Ofgem’s ground-breaking new price controls come into effect this week, marking the start of around £30 billion investment in Britain’s energy infrastructure.
The final decisions on the price controls were taken by Ofgem in 2012 and were subsequently accepted by all companies. The price controls will run until 2021 and relate to the network companies operating Britain’s high voltage electricity grid and high and low pressure gas networks. Included in the network company plans is:
• around £7 billion earmarked for Scotland’s high voltage electricity network, creating around 1,500 jobs
• a £15.5 billion upgrade for the high voltage electricity network in England and Wales and the high pressure gas networks across Britain, creating around 7,000 jobs, mainly in the construction supply chain
• around £8.7 billion to ensure that Britain’s low pressure gas networks, which deliver gas to homes and businesses, remain safe and reliable.

Hannah Nixon, Ofgem’s Senior Partner for Distribution, said: “This week marks a very significant moment as it forms a key part of implementing the investment needed to protect our security of supply. Ofgem’s new RIIO price control framework delivers around £30 billion of this investment at a fair price to consumers. It also helps ensure Britain’s energy infrastructure will remain among the most reliable in the world.”


Ofgem sets out its vision for fairer treatment for small businesses

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Ofgem’s proposed new standards of conduct for how suppliers should treat Britain’s smallest businesses are due to come into force from this summer. These substantial reforms support action Ofgem is also taking on clearer contracts, back-billing and on new powers to tackle misselling to businesses. Ofgem will also be reviewing whether or not automatic rollover of contracts for businesses should be banned altogether.

The new enforceable standards will require suppliers to treat firms, which typically spend up to £10,000 per fuel on gas and electricity, in an honest, transparent and professional way. This will apply to when suppliers are billing, contracting with and switching customers.


Energy companies look to recover the cost of feed in tariffs

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Scottish & Southern Electricity (SSE) has become the first of the UK’s major energy suppliers to look to recoup the cost of feed in tariffs (FIT’s) from its customers. Those customers will be receiving a letter to explain that they will see a new charge on their future bills of 0.243 p per KwH to cover these additional costs.

So are these new increases fair, are they allowed to add charges, and what about the rest of the suppliers?