ESOS 101: If your business has more than 250 employees, you are now required to do this by 5th December

ESOS 101: If your business has more than 250 employees, you are now required to do this by 5th December

The Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is here and we’re with you every step of the way

Did you know that UK businesses with more than 250 employees and over £44 million in turnover now need to be able to account for at least 90% of their energy consumption by law?

If, like most companies, you don’t currently have a clear picture of how, when and why your business is using energy then you’re not alone. But with the introduction of ESOS large enterprises will now be required to pay much closer attention to the way that they use energy. And we’re here to help at The Energy Check.

We can audit your current energy usage and assist you in preparing reports. Not only that but we will also identify energy saving opportunities to save you money and reduce emissions in the process.

Get ESOS ready now by calling 0191 691 1802.

What does your business need to do to become compliant with ESOS?

Every company that meets the ESOS criteria will now need to file a report with the Environment Agency before 5th December 2019. This report requires the signature of a senior director and that of an accredited Lead Assessor that has been appointed by an approved body such as CIBSE, Energy Institute, Association of Energy Engineers, Energy Managers Association or IEMA.

Another requirement of the report is that the Lead Assessor must indicate an organisation’s awareness of potential opportunities to reduce that consumption and the basic business case for doing so – including details relating to these projected savings and payback period.

Where is the “opportunity” in ESOS?

While it is inevitable that many large organisations will look to do the bare minimum to comply with the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme, here at The Energy Check we believe that this is a mistake.

Why?

Simply ticking boxes to achieve compliance is not what ESOS was designed for. The aim of these new regulations is to encourage businesses to do their utmost to both conserve energy and develop a greater understanding of their consumption – incorporating green energy initiatives wherever possible. Failing to implement the opportunities outlined by a highly qualified assessor may mean missing out on significant savings and ignoring any potential for reducing carbon emissions.

Why work with The Energy Check?

Our team of energy saving experts have years of experience in supporting businesses to make the kinds of improvements, innovations and savings that can not only ensure your compliance, but can genuinely save your business substantial overheads over time.

While the replacement of inefficient systems and equipment may seem daunting, we will help you to create a clear and easy-to-manage energy reduction plan that is fully costed and projects your business’s return on investment. We’ll even project manage the installation of energy efficient equipment or renewable energy assets.

Get ESOS ready now by calling 0191 691 1802.

When the Lights Go Out: what can businesses learn from the National Grid failure?

When the Lights Go Out: what can businesses learn from the National Grid failure?

Energy Manager at The Energy Check, Andy Clarke, explains how enterprises can protect the productivity and power of their business

Last Friday, 9th August, businesses and households across the UK were thrown into disarray when the National Grid failed.

Needless to say, this outage caused a fair bit of chaos. This is largely because the vast majority of us are simply used to having a constant, reliable energy supply day in and day out. The fact that it ceased to provide power to large parts of the country for hours was disruptive to say the least.

Although this type of outage has been extremely rare in recent times, it is nevertheless something that has been highlighted as a probability by experts in the past. This is part of the ‘Energy Trilema’ — the risk of Price, Supply Security and Environmental Impact all becoming unacceptable.

The failure caused problems for businesses up and down to the country, thanks to our reliance on technology and connectivity. Transport links in particular were heavily disrupted by the grid outage.

Lord Adonis, former chair of the government’s National Infrastructure Commission, said: “This is a big wake-up call for National Grid. Their resilience is below par. They need to improve their processes for ensuring the resilience of national transport and medical installations in the event of power shortages.”

What can businesses do to protect themselves from future failures?

A National Grid failure can be a scary thing for businesses, but you don’t have to feel powerless. There are measures you can put in place to help you access power in the event of an outage. One of these measures is battery storage.

Battery storage provides businesses with a back-up to their usual energy supply – a valuable asset on those unfortunate occasions when the unexpected happens and you are in need of another power source to keep running business as usual.

Batteries are typically used to store energy gathered from renewable sources such as solar photovoltaics (solar PVs) and wind turbines. And they are growing quickly in popularity amongst organisations looking to lower emissions and increase their environmental responsibility. When combined, these measures can also help you save significant costs on your energy and offer extra security when it comes to your power supply.

When properly set up, battery storage means you don’t have to fall victim to peak time energy costs. It’s a greener, cleaner solution that provides access to emergency energy if and when you need it. (You can read more about battery storage for businesses here!)

Another sustainable solution for businesses is a correctly configured Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system. CHP integrates the production of usable heat and power (electricity) in one single efficient process.

CHP generates electricity while capturing usable heat. This differs from conventional methods of generating electricity, which usually lead to a lot of wasted heat. As a result, this makes CHP highly sustainable.

CHP is also produced locally, giving it the added benefit of avoiding efficiency losses incurred through transmission and distribution of electricity through the National Grid.

How can The Energy Check help?

Here at The Energy Check, we’re known for being experts in getting low unit prices for customers and offer contracts with low or zero carbon emissions. However, none of this is any use when the National Grid fails and you have no power.

Luckily, we can also assist our clients in these circumstances. We can advise you on the installation of Combined Heat and Power and Battery Storage, which if properly configured can, as well as saving money on your energy costs, provide power for a business when the mains aren’t available.

Our expert engineers are available to help you find the right solution for your business, whether compliance (ESOS, SECR, TM44 and many others), cost, emission, security of supply or energy efficiency is your objective.

Get in touch with the experts at The Energy Check today and discover how we can help make your business not just lower costs but ensure a greener, more reliable energy supply. Click here.

ITV shows it’s doing its bit to limit global warming to 1.5°C.

ITV shows it’s doing its bit to limit global warming to 1.5°C.

The much-loved TV company pledges to drop emissions by 10% a year

The home of some of our finest homegrown telly, ITV, has announced a range of new goals to be greener. This includes the introduction of a science-based target to reduce its emissions by 10% each year, in order to fall in line with wider plans to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees centigrade.

In the latest Social Purpose report from the television producer and broadcaster, ITV highlights how they have already become a carbon-neutral business through the implementation of carbon-offsets and renewable energy.

In addition to this, ITV is also set to become a zero-waste business by avoiding, reducing and recycling waste, as well as committing to zero single-use plastic in all productions, operations and supply.

These goals are being met with long-term sustainable success in mind, which is why ITV has also pledged to work with suppliers to deliver a sustainable value chain. This includes training both staff and freelancers in environmental awareness.

By committing to these measures, the broadcaster aims to meet green targets in a manageable, progressive way, with no major dramas!

A spokesperson from ITV commented: “We are excited about the opportunity to future proof ITV for years to come by working with our colleagues, industry peers, experts and partners to reduce our collective impact and encourage sustainable behaviours both on and off screen.”

Another thing ITV is doing? Making sure all its programmes and commissions are ‘albert-certified’.

Showtime for ITV under Bafta’s ‘albert’ scheme

Back in 2017, the 100% renewable energy supplier, Good Energy, partnered with BAFTA’s own sustainability initiative in hopes of the reducing the carbon footprint of the film and television industry by supporting the industry’s transition to clean energy.

The collaboration between Good Energy and BAFTA’s ‘albert’ scheme was set up in order to make renewable power more affordable for creative organisations buying it collectively, with an ultimate goal of increasing the amount demanded and produced on British soil.

At the time, around 13 tonnes of carbon emissions were produced by roughly one hour’s worth of content, and 60% of this came from electricity. The ‘albert’ scheme has successfully put steps in place in order to change this.

Production companies like Mammoth Films, Splice, Neal Street Productions, Directors UK and Band Films quickly signed up to the service, while Good Energy took over supplying electricity to all three of BAFTA’s main offices in London.

Since April 2018, all BBC programmes have had to track their carbon footprint using the albert carbon calculator, and now ITV is taking huge steps to fall in line with the scheme as well.

Your business doesn’t need to be on the big or small screen to have a green focus

Any business can look to bring more renewables into their organisation. Even the simplest measures can help your business be greener, such as completing regular meter readings and introducing timed thermostats and lighting. You should also make time for measures such as energy audits, which can give you a clearer idea of where your energy usage is going.

Becoming a more environmentally conscious business is not a one-person job. You should always make sure you team members are aware of what they can do to minimise the carbon footprint of your workplace, even if it’s something as simple as switching off computers when leaving for the night.

Making the switch to a greener energy supplier is another way your business can boost its sustainability. You can find a number of green tariffs available when you compare business energy online with us today. Simply click here, or get in touch with our team by calling 0191 691 18 02.

An introduction to battery storage for businesses

An introduction to battery storage for businesses

Investing in energy storage could help to power up your business performance

As any budding entrepreneur will know, businesses require a lot of energy. And no, we’re not just talking about you after your morning coffee.

Energy generation is key to an active, growing organisation, and battery storage can be a simple yet effective solution for any business looking to acquire a fool-proof resource for their electricity.

Renewables now account for almost a quarter (24%) of the UK’s electricity generation, up from just 4% a decade ago. Battery storage is a key part of this, helping to create a smart, flexible energy system that remains unaffected by the fluctuations of the National Grid.

But what exactly does battery storage mean for businesses, and why should you be considering it? Don’t worry, we’ve got the answers to all your burning questions below.

The basics of business battery storage

Battery storage offers businesses a back-up to their electricity supply, meaning you have to rely less on energy from the grid and can often withstand power outages elsewhere by relying on charge in these batteries for a short period of time.

Batteries are often used to store energy generated from renewable sources such as solar photovoltaics and even wind turbines – something that can help save significant cost and emissions for large organisations with sizeable business premises in the long term.

As a result, many experts project that the market for business battery supply will reach upwards of £2.5 billion by 2030.

The benefits for your business

Battery storage can be an essential part of adapting your energy use for ultimate flexibility. Some of the potential benefits of taking this route to business energy include:

  • New revenue streams: having the ability to take part in flexibility and wholesale markets
  • No peak time energy costs: being able to charge during cheaper periods and discharge during periods of higher costs
  • More onsite generation: enjoying the flexibility and security that comes with having your own energy supply to hand
  • A bridge to backup: maintaining energy supply while your backup generation takes over
  • Emergency energy: protecting the safety of your assets and equipment from damage and shutdown
  • Greener solutions: maximising your energy strategy by enabling flexible onsite usage and boosting renewable generation utilisation
  • Clean energy: making your business resilient to brownouts which could otherwise stall production

Battery storage can help to maximise the savings you make on your electricity by reducing consumption from the grid during peak times. This flexibility also places less pressure on the National Grid itself.

Bringing battery storage to your business

Finding a supplier for your battery storage is the first step to successfully implementing it into your business. Many leading UK providers now offer this as an option, so be sure to do your research and find the deal which best suits you.

Once you’ve selected a supplier, they’ll likely carry out an onsite visit, providing a spec based on your grid connections, consumption data and site loads.

Then, you’ll start discussing money. Finance options can be flexible when it comes to energy storage, so you’ll probably be able to choose between funding options from your supplier or funding the investment yourself.

Lastly comes the contract and the installation process. And once these are done and dusted, your battery is ready to go. Energy supply comes from the grid to your meter, with your metered supply feeding your battery storage and demand. This helps to maximise load shifting and allows you to participate in external storage markets.

Want to know more about how we can help you install batteries as part of your energy-saving efforts? Find out more here or contact us on 0191 691 18 02.

Can I get a business energy tariff if I work from home?

Can I get a business energy tariff if I work from home?

More and more businesses are working from home these days, but what does that mean when it comes to business energy tariffs?

Advances in communication and sharing has meant that an office isn’t necessary to starting a business. Remote working is very much a possibility now, and more and more budding entrepreneurs are taking advantage of it.

But what does this mean for your business energy? Can you still hop onto a business tariff if you’re working from the comfort of your own home? We’ve got the answers to your questions.

Can you get a business energy tariff if you’re a sole trader working from home?

If you’re a sole trader and you work from home, there’s still a chance that you’ll be eligible for a business energy contract. By meeting certain criteria (more on that below), you’ll be classified as a micro business.

Not only will this make a business energy contract more likely, but it will also allow you to receive more protection from suppliers than if you were a larger business.

What makes a business energy contract different?

You might be wondering why there’s so much fuss about business energy contracts in the first place. Why can’t you just make do with your home’s domestic tariff?

Well, you can, but business energy tariffs are specifically designed to suit commercial organisations. As such, there can be some great benefits attached. Some of the things that make business energy contracts different include:

  • Unit rates. Business energy tariffs usually feature cheaper unit rates, meaning you pay less for your gas and electricity. Be mindful that VAT rates and CCLs can up these prices though.
  • Fixed terms. Business energy contracts are usually fixed in their contract length and energy rates. This makes it easier to budget for your business as you can anticipate costs more accurately.
  • Cancellation fees. The downside of these fixed terms is a lack of flexibility enforced by costly cancellation fees. Once your tariff has been agreed, your supplier will usually purchase the energy in bulk. So if you decide to cancel before the agreed switching period, your may incur higher fees or penalties than you would face if you opt out of your domestic contract early.
  • Out-of-Contract rates. Be sure to renew or switch when the time comes, or you’ll be placed on the pricier Out-of-Contract rates. Switching and renewing gives you the chance to find an even better deal.

How do you know if you are eligible for business energy at home?

In order to be able to switch from a domestic energy tariff to a business energy tariff, you need to prove that you run your business from home and that a significant chunk of your energy use is due to your business. This chunk usually needs to be 50% or more.

This might sound high, but remember you can include lighting, heating and the powering of computer equipment in your calculations, as well as any devices you use specifically for your business – such as a printer. Items you would need regardless – like fridges – won’t count.

If you can meet these terms, you can reap the rewards of a business energy contract despite working from home.

Whether you’re a home business or office-based, finding the right deal is key. Start comparing prices today with The Energy Check, or get in touch with our team by calling 0191 691 18 02.

What are my options if my landlord manages my business energy?

What are my options if my landlord manages my business energy?

If you only deal with your energy supplier via your landlord, it may leave you feeling powerless when it comes to switching

Having control over your energy supplier is one of the perks of owning your own business, but if you don’t also own your premises, this can become tricky. If you’re a tenant on a leased property, it can be harder to change suppliers.

It’s important to note that we said “harder” there, not “impossible”.

If you’re in a rented workspace, your energy contract is probably handed in one of two ways.

Either, you pay your bills directly to your supplier.

Or you pay your landlord and they pass the cost on for you.

Switching can be frustrating if your landlord holds all the power, but we’re here to shed a little light on how you might get around the problem.

If you pay your energy bills directly to your supplier…

This is the simpler of the two scenarios to find yourself in. As a tenant, you have a right to switch your business energy supplier and your landlord can’t stop you from doing that. You just need to make sure you check the tenancy agreement when moving business premises for a ‘preferred’ or ‘default’ supplier.

A default supplier is the company your landlord wants you to use for your business energy, and this should be clearly stated in your tenancy contract. If you have not yet signed a contract, you can negotiate this clause with your landlord.

But even if you have signed a contract, and it does include a default supplier, that doesn’t mean you have to stick with them. You can still switch suppliers provided you are paying the suppliers directly. So don’t be afraid to switch — just be sure to read the small print first.

If your landlord pays your energy bills and invoices you for them, or includes them in your rent…

Having your landlord act as the middleman between you and your supplier makes things more complicated. When your landlord oversees the paying of your bills it’s common for businesses to not even be aware of who their supplier is or what tariff they’re on. This leaves your business very vulnerable to paying unnecessarily high rates.

Under the Electricity and Gas Regulations, 2011, you have the right to compare and switch energy suppliers if you aren’t happy with the current situation. This means that you can request information from your landlord if you don’t know who your supplier is at the minute. Your landlord must acknowledge your request within 10 days, either by agreeing or explaining why they object.

If you’re one of many businesses in a large property complex, things can be even trickier. Your landlord may buy energy in bulk in order to fix prices, so your request to switch may be rejected by your landlord due to the financial burden it could place on them.

Landlords also have a right to reject switching requests if the cabling to your business doesn’t have the capacity to withstand alterations to supply.

If you feel like your landlord is being unreasonable by not letting you switch your tariff, you should first try to discuss things with them and come to an agreement. If these negotiations don’t go well though, you can contact the Ombudsman to help you handle the situation.

Want to find the best energy tariff for your business. Let The Energy Check help. We make switching business energy suppliers quick, easy and rewarding. Start comparing prices today by clicking here, or get in touch via phone by calling 0191 691 18 02.

HSBC announces green finance range for UK businesses

HSBC announces green finance range for UK businesses

The world’s local bank has pledged to provide $100 billion in sustainable financing and investment in the next six years

HSBC is one of many major brands to publicise its commitment to a more sustainable future, releasing a plan to provide $100 billion in sustainability by 2025.

Part of this plan involves the launch of its new range of green finance products, designed to support UK businesses with their environmental and sustainability goals.

The range includes a variety of products designed to make greener business management more accessible and rewarding

The banking giant’s range includes an innovative Green Loan, with a minimum amount of £300,000. It also offers a Green Revolving Credit Facility (RCF), which it claims to be an industry first. The RCF will enable companies to access funds when they need them depending on sustainable cash flow requirements. The Green RCF is available for a minimum value of a £1 million.

That’s not all that HSBC is offering, however. The bank has also announced a new Green Hire Purchase, Lease and Asset Loan as part of their green finance products. This is designed to facilitate the financing of green assets.

$100 billion roughly equates to £76 billion – enough to make a significant difference to sustainable financing and investment – encouraging more UK businesses to put green measures into practice.

This isn’t the first time HSBC has put its commitment to environmental protection into practice

According to the global banking brand, it has already successfully provided green loans worth £600 million to UK business in little more than half a year. This was part of a pilot project for their new range launched in November 2018 for larger corporate customers.

HSBC UK Commercial Banking Head of Sustainable Finance, Rob King, described the bank’s new green finance services as a product of consumer demand.

King comments: “We have seen strong demand from businesses since launching the Green Loan pilot last year so we are confident this suite of green finance products will support our customers to meet their sustainability agendas. Our customers are asking for more green finance products to support their specific ambitions.”

King also explains how having access to green services can benefit UK businesses in the long run, saying: “Our offering allows our customers to showcase their green credentials to stakeholders by demonstrating that a portion of their funding is ring-fenced for genuine environmental and sustainability activities. Many stakeholders are now considering a company’s green credentials when making decisions about whether to work with, work for or invest in that company.”

More and more businesses are beginning to see the importance of going green

The environment is one of the key issues affecting our society right now, and because of this sustainability has become a pretty powerful factor for consumers seeking out the best organization for their needs.

Research shows that a whopping 90% of CEOs consider sustainability to be vital for business success. What’s more, 66% of global consumers are willing to spend more money on sustainable goods. When you focus this in on millennials, this number jumps to 73%.

Other brands, like HSBC, are publicising their commitment to the environment. Earlier this year, Best Buy announced its aim for a 75% reduction in emissions by 2030, and Waitrose has introduced new technology to significantly reduce the impact of their in-store fridges.

Consulting with one of our Energy Saving Experts is among the best ways to understand how you can improve your business’s green credentials and save money on utility bills in the process. With green tariffs available for businesses, taking the time to seek out a new supplier could help you justifiably market your organization as a sustainable brand.

Thinking about switching your business supplier? Let The Energy Check help. Click here to start comparing tariffs today or give us a call on 0191 691 180

A business manager’s guide to making the office a greener place to be

A business manager’s guide to making the office a greener place to be

A green workplace is a happy workplace, so here’s how to improve your surroundings

Being green is an important part of any business in 2019. Not only is it important to do your bit for the planet, but it can also help boost your brand and show your customers that you care about your impact.

Plus, putting greener measures into practice in your office can often lead to lower energy costs and therefore less business spending. Win, win!

So if you’re looking to make your office a little more eco-friendly, here are 15 smart ideas for your business.

Encourage a greener commute

Try advising your team to cycle, carpool or use public transport whenever they can rather than driving, and set a good example by doing this yourself, too. And with a number of cycle to work schemes on offer to help employees foot the bill for a new set of wheels, you can help to remove the initial hurdles that might stop a staff member from pedalling to the office.

Offer working from home

You can also give your team the option of working from home from time to time, reducing the overall amount of traffic on the roads. It also means your office gets a break from electricity usage.

Power down at night

All devices in your office should be shut down and switched off at the end of the day. If you leave them on Sleep or Hibernate mode, they’ll still be using up energy. For the sake of the extra 30 seconds saved in booting up each morning, we advise that you prioritise energy saving over the convenience.

Use recycled paper

Recycled or sustainable paper is much more eco-friendly and far less wasteful, so you don’t have to feel so guilty about printing.

Or go paperless

However, if possible you should try to avoid paper entirely. With sharing platforms and the Cloud commonplace, there is very little need to print hardcopies of your documents in 2019.

Install motion sensors

If you’re worried about remembering to switch off lights, motion sensors can help make things easier. These will activate lights only when necessary, and will switch off when the room is unoccupied.

Invest in energy efficient appliances

From fridges to microwaves to heaters, look for appliances that are marked as “energy efficient”. They may be slightly more costly upfront, but they’ll go on to save you significant energy costs in the long run.

Switch your bulbs

CFL (compact-fluorescent) and LED bulbs are known for having a long life and low energy consumption, so make sure you’re using them in every light source.

Make use of natural light

Also, don’t feel the need to switch on lights just because you’re in the room. If there is enough natural light, there’s no reason to depend on artificial lighting too.

Greenify your office

Plants and flowers are one of the best additions to any office décor. Not only do plants help keep the air clean, but they’ve also been shown to improve employee wellbeing.

Don’t use disposable plastic cutlery

Even something simple like using traditional cutlery and crockery rather than disposable alternatives can reduce your carbon footprint and reduce the plastic that heads to landfill.

Use the stairs

Don’t rely on the lift to reach your office. If you can, take the stairs instead to reduce your energy use while also boosting your fitness.

Spread the word

It’s hard to make a dent in your carbon footprint when you’re acting alone. Take the time to educate your team about the importance of being eco-friendly, giving them the chance to share their own ideas. You can even offer incentives and rewards for green behaviour in the workplace.

Consider a green tariff

Switching your energy tariff can be one of the most effective ways to make your business greener and reduce your costs. Green tariffs are specifically designed to help you reduce your environmental impact, using energy the smart way. And there are several available to businesses as well as domestic customers.

Need to find the best energy tariff for your business? The Energy Check can help. Click here to start comparing deals or get in touch with our team today by calling 0191 691 18 02.

New report outlines how infrastructure and business models will help decarbonise the UK grid

New report outlines how infrastructure and business models will help decarbonise the UK grid

The Energy Network Association has set out how grid operators are planning for flexibility markets

A new report from the Energy Network Association (ENA) has outlined the best ways to create new flexible infrastructure and business models to decarbonise the UK grid. The ENA sets out how grid operators will be running new flexibility markets across the country in order to make this happen.

It reports that rethinking infrastructure and business models will be required in order to help create a cleaner, smarter energy system.

These new systems will be an important part of the efforts to deliver the “net zero carbon by 2050” target outlined earlier this month by Theresa May. The report has also outlined six key factors it thinks will enable this goal to be achieved consistently and transparently.

The ENA report outlines a six-point plan for reaching the 2050 goal

The six-point plan introduced by the ENA has been agreed to by the UK’s six Distribution Network Operators (DNOs), Independent Distribution Network Operator GTC, the Transmission Owners (TOs) and the National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO).

It outlines that the most up-to-date smart electricity technologies will be needed in both homes and businesses in order to boost grid capacity and connect technology like renewable generation, electric vehicle charging points and clean heat pumps to the network.

The first point described in the ENA’s report is the need for a level playing field. All energy technologies and services must be able to benefit from market neutrality, as this is a “fundamental principle of operating the UK’s energy network infrastructure”.

The report states that its members will offer standardisation across the energy sector in order to support this. They also promise to remove barriers to markets to make sure opportunities are made visible and accessible for customers.

Looking forward to a more open energy market

The ENA has stated that it is committed to being open and honest in its decision-making. This includes explaining why specific services have been procured in order to meet network needs like reinforcement. The organisation suggests that, ultimately, any solution chosen needs to be cost-effective while also meeting all the requirements of customers, the system and the networks.

As such, the ENA has promised to take a clear, fair and accountable approach to dispatching flexibility services. This means setting out terms, methodology and decision-making processes clearly. It has also committed to providing consistent and transparent reports in order to maintain public confidence. This ensures that all partied involved – from customers to suppliers and beyond – can learn from the way flexibility is being used, seeing how and why this helps energy networks run in a more efficient, smarter way.

Electricity networks also plan to continue to work closely with each other in order to facilitate efficiently coordinated decarbonisation arrangements. This will help make sure that any changes delivered result in the best outcomes for everyone.

CEO of the ENA, David Smith, shared his thoughts on the new report, describing what he thought it meant for the future of the energy market, saying:

“With the 2050 Net Zero target being put into law, it’s more important than ever to get the fundamentals of our new energy system right.

“The commitment made by the networks today sets out the role that smart technology in people’s homes, businesses and communities can play in building a grid that can help deliver that target.”

Flexibility and transparency includes having the freedom to find the best tariff out there for your business and being able to choose between suppliers based on their green credentials. Here at The Energy Check, we can help. Use our comparison service to find the best deal for you, or contact us directly on 0191 691 18 02.

How innovation is keeping energy costs down and emissions to a minimum

How innovation is keeping energy costs down and emissions to a minimum

Sustainability is no longer just an empty buzzword thrown around by the business community. Today, organisations and corporations of all shapes and sizes are expected to not only talk the environmentally conscious talk but also walk the green walk, too.

One of the organizations leading the way on this front is supermarket giant Waitrose, which has been showing others the way forward by quite literally opening their doors for the world to see their latest eco initiative.

In June it was announced that the supermarket chain had successfully cut energy use in its stores by 40%. This incredible achievement has been attributed, in part, to the introduction of new refrigeration technologies in its food aisles.

This open-fronted fridge technology comes from Wirth Research. Typically, open-fronted supermarket fridges expel significant amounts of cold air into the aisle, which culminates in a significant waste of energy. However, Wirth Research’s Next Generation Refrigeration (NGR) uses technology from the motorsport industry to redirect airflow back into the cabinets, retaining cold air within and reducing the power required to cool things down.

Because of this, far less energy ends up being used and so emissions and bills have been slashed.

Waitrose stores in Evesham, Dorchester, Chesham and Worthing are already decked out with this cost-saving tech, and there are plans to roll it out across all stores. Senior Manager of Technical Services for Waitrose & Partners, Jim Burnett, commented:

“This new technology takes the energy efficiency of our refrigeration to another level, delivering significant environment benefits while helping to create warmer, more comfortable surroundings for our customers and partners.”

And Waitrose isn’t the only brand taking innovative steps towards sustainability. Next, M&S, Ted Baker, ASOS and Primark are among a group of clothing retailers who have committed to reducing waste, water use and carbon emissions to the tune of 15% by 2020. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts have even launched their own range of bee hotels as part of their Bee Sustainable programme, which seeks to protect the honeybee population.

Taking simple steps towards sustainability is key to a better brand image

Of course, for smaller businesses taking innovative leaps towards sustainability such as implementing the latest refrigeration technology isn’t always possible. Without the funding and means to employ whole R&D departments to develop advanced eco-friendly measures, you might be left wondering how best to tackle the issue when it comes to your own business.

Thankfully, there are plenty of accessible ways to make sustainability part of your daily business agenda. For example, introducing solar panels.

The Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) is a new government scheme to reward households and businesses that make use of small-scale renewable technologies like solar panels. Under the SEG, businesses are paid for exporting electricity to the grid.

Even better, solar panels are now more accessible than ever before. The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) says that the cost of solar panels is now more than 50% cheaper than it was in 2011.

Energy and Clean Growth Minister Chris Skidmore comments on the expected success of the SEG:

“The future of energy us local and the new Smart Export Guarantee will ensure households and businesses that choose to become green energy generators will be guaranteed a payment for electricity supplied to the grid.

“We want the energy market to innovate and it’s encouraging to see some suppliers already offering competitive export tariffs to reduce bills.”

Another way to make your business a greener place to be is to shop around when it comes to your energy supplier. Some suppliers now offer “green tariffs”, which are committed to buying energy from renewable sources or offsetting carbon emissions created by the burning of fossil fuels. So, it’s important to do your research and see if you could be paying less for your energy while also doing your bit as an environmentally conscious brand.

Need help switching your business energy supplier? Contact The Energy Check today. Click here to search deals or get in touch by calling 0191 691 18 02.

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