|As organisations of all sizes continuously look at ways to reduce their overheads – an annual energy audit is a task that would make perfect sense; plus there’s the added incentive of it leading to further steps towards being more eco-friendly.
To many business owners it surely seems the major energy firms ‘continuously announce price rises’ and as a result over 50% of UK small businesses reported to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) that the price of utilities was their biggest rising business cost.
If you haven’t already done so make use of energy price comparison sites such as uSwitchforBusiness or MakeItCheaper as your current utility contracts come to an end. The FSB also advise looking beyond the big suppliers to newer market entrants such as OVO or Ecotricity for competitive deals.
By 2020 energy suppliers will be required to install smart meters into all SMEs and should also fit one free of charge on request before that time. If you’re a light user this could cut costs as you’d only then pay for actual usage. It’s also worth looking into the Government’s Green Deal whereby an assessor would visit your organisation to determine what energy saving improvements could be made and could then offer a loan to cover the costs.
Last year the Carbon Trust estimated that British businesses could save £300m per year and it might start as simply as just asking employees to help. They claim that nearly all workers surveyed were concerned about the cost of their energy at home (92%) but less than half (47%) gave any thought to their employer’s bills. And an incredible 75% of those claimed they have never been asked to think about saving energy at work but would help if asked.
According to Miles McCarthy, head of implementation at the Carbon Trust, the principles behind going green, saving energy and money are the same whatever size of organisation you operate. He identifies four key steps to get your started:
As a short summary; savings can be made, green initiatives are available, behavioral change is possible and your organisation can be leaner and greener as a result.
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