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4 Valuable Pieces of Business Energy Efficiency Advice

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4 valuable pieces of business energy efficiency advice

With energy prices going through the roof, it’s never been more important to cut down on usage and keep your bills as low as possible. Business energy efficiency advice can help you do exactly that. Read on as we look at four valuable tips to make your business more energy efficient.

1. Forget false economy

If your primary goal is saving money, it’s easy to look for the cheapest option for any new appliance or installation. In most cases, this creates a false economy – you save a little bit of money up-front but pay more in the long run through your energy bills.

Instead, it’s worth paying a little more if you can find a more efficient option. That could be LED lighting versus its incandescent counterpart or a more efficient heating system for your commercial site.

2. Take your opportunities

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When the government gives you an energy-saving initiative, use it to save energy!

The Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) and Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) both make it mandatory for large businesses to monitor and report on their energy use. These initiatives should be completed with a view to reducing energy consumption. But all too often, it’s treated as a box-ticking exercise without any real change.

By contracting a dedicated, forward-thinking team, you can make data-driven decisions about energy efficiency to get much more out of ESOS and SECR.

3. Don’t forget your fleet

Some people think of business energy efficiency advice solely in terms of electric mains and gas supplies. But don’t forget the fuel-efficiency of your fleet too. The rise in wholesale prices that’s behind higher energy bills has also caused petrol and diesel prices to skyrocket. As a result, vehicles can account for a big chunk of your overall energy costs.

According to EDF Energy, the average electric car costs less than 5p per mile, while the figure for an average petrol car is more than double at 12p. By installing EV chargers on site, you’ll be able to pair that cost-efficiency with convenience when switching to an electric fleet. Not to mention the disruption you’ll avoid when the 2030 ban on new petrol and diesel cars comes into force.

4. Check for grants

Remember that the government has its own targets when it comes to energy efficiency. As such, it’s in their interest for you to help out. That’s why there are a number of grants available to incentivise changes and make them easier on your pocket.

The Workplace Charging Scheme provides up to £350 towards the cost of each charging point. Another example was the non-domestic renewable heat incentive, which made payments based on renewable heat output. While applications closed in 2021, there’s always the chance of new grants being launched – which is why it’s vital to do your research.

Speak to the experts

Whether you’re switching to an electric fleet or looking to make the most of ESOS and SECR, it always helps to have experts on your side. That’s where Volta Compliance comes in for businesses across Yorkshire.

With a wealth of energy-efficiency expertise, we can work as an extension of your business to put energy efficiency advice into practice and get your bills down for good. Contact us today on 0113 397 1361 or email [email protected] to get the ball rolling.

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Richard Carr Volta Compliance
Richard Carr
Managing Director
Richard is the Director of Volta Compliance. He is a fully qualified approved electrician graded with the JIB. Richard has over 20 years electrical experience working on commercial and industrial installations.