Think you are paying for the energy reading on your meter? Here’s why there’s a good chance your farm is paying for more electricity than is being used

Think you are paying for the energy reading on your meter? Here’s why there’s a good chance your farm is paying for more electricity than is being used

The modern farm is a place of very little waste. From feed to fertiliser to water consumption, farmers are well known for their commitment to optimising productivity, reducing overheads and running a tight ship. And why not when every per cent saved can contribute to a healthier bottom line. Yet there is one area where farms may be wasting valuable money without even realising: electricity.

But I always take steps to reduce energy consumption!

The reality is that overspending on your electricity bill may well have nothing to do with how diligently you switch off machinery when not in use or replace light bulbs with low energy LEDs. In fact, the extra cost lies with the amount of electricity being sent to your farm by your Distribution Network Operator (DNO), not by your precise consumption through the meter.

If you haven’t heard of the term Agreed Supply Capacity – or ASC for short – then you are certainly not alone. But understanding what your ASC is and reducing it where appropriate can become one of the easiest cost saving changes on a farm, without any implications for the quality or reliability of the electrical supply to your home.

In simple terms, your farm is charged for the Kilo Volt Amperes (kVA) that you are supplied with, regardless of whether that energy is used or not. While in some cases the ASC to a farm may be set at the correct level, there are also many instances where it is set significantly higher than necessary. By reviewing your kVA on a regular basis – annually, for example – it is possible to set an ASC at an appropriate level and avoid overpaying for electricity.

Even if you have taken steps to reduce your energy consumption in recent years, such as using more efficient machinery, installing solar panels or upgrading to low energy lighting, failing to set your ASC at the appropriate level may still leave you paying for more than you should. Similarly, if your farm has recently diversified into other work and your electricity requirements have changed, this could also account for a change in kVA usage

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My farm’s kVA is lower than the Agreed Supply Capacity. What should I do?

If your peak usage is lower than the ASC then it should be possible to make significant savings immediately. Simply contact us here at The Energy Check and we can help you to initiate a reduction.

What if my kVA is greater than my ASC?

In this instance it is also important to take action. By exceeding your Agreed Supply Capacity you will find substantial Excess Capacity Charges on your bill. Increasing your ASC will be more cost effective than paying these charges for overconsumption.

In more serious cases, drawing too much power in excess of your ASC can actually be a serious problem as you risk overloading the supply and having to get costly repairs that may use up time and money. In 2018 measures were brought in to help reduce instances of exceeding the ASC, in some cases costing businesses several times the usual energy rate in the form of charges.

Are you looking to reduce the energy and water overheads on your farm? Then we can help. As the energy saving experts, we understand the challenges facing modern farms. If you are diversifying into other areas such as lettings, leisure and tourism or hospitality on your farm, we can support you to optimise your energy consumption and find the very best deal with a supplier.

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The Energy Check appoints two new board members at the start of a bright 2019

The Energy Check appoints two new board members at the start of a bright 2019

The Energy Check is delighted to announce the arrival of two new board members to mark the start of 2019.

CEO of fds and former winner of The Sunday Times Non-Exec Director of the Year, Jo Haigh joins the firm as chairperson along with non-executive director, Garry Peagam to bring new experience to The Energy Check.

Headquartered in South Shields, The Energy Check has undergone rapid expansion in four years and has seen the team expand from two employees to more than 120 across four global offices.

The Energy Check is a specialist utilities broker and consultancy, dedicated to helping businesses and homeowners get the most from their energy and water deals. A team of highly experienced energy saving experts and procurement specialists, The Energy Check’s focus is on supporting customers to not only get the best price for utilities but also to reduce consumption, reduce emissions and become more environmentally conscious.

Founder and MD, David Winton, comments: “Bringing together an experienced and engaged board of directors is a crucial part of our long-term strategy to meet our ambitious targets. Jo Haigh is a multi award-winning director and an incredibly well-respected figure in the business community. Her understanding of corporate governance is second to none and her experience of supporting more than 400 owner-managed companies will be invaluable to us as we grow, both domestically and internationally.

“Similarly, Garry’s track record in finance roles within the energy sector provides us with crucial expertise. Having worked with the likes of Ecotricity and Good Energy in the past I know he will be a real asset to The Energy Check.”

In a complex utilities market, the company aims to differentiate itself by focusing on supporting customers to reduce their consumption and increase efficiency savings as much as switching between providers.

An experienced dealmaker and expert in corporate governance, Jo Haigh is a regular presenter for the Institute of Directors and has held more than 40 non-executive roles. She says:

“I am thrilled to be joining The Energy Check as chairperson at what is an exciting time for the company. The business has a clear point of difference in a highly competitive energy market and over the next two years, our focus will be on developing a national presence, establishing The Energy Check as a recognisable consumer brand for reliability and quality of service.”

“As we grow, we are committed to driving the very highest standards and retaining the credible and environmentally conscious voice that has become part of our DNA.”

Garry Peagam has more than 30 years’ experience at senior board level, particularly within the renewable energy and service sectors. In 2012, Garry floated Good Energy Group plc and was more recently Group Finance Director at Ecotricity Group. He says:

“The energy sector requires challenger companies like The Energy Check to maintain a competitive market that serves domestic and commercial consumers effectively. I admire how David has driven the business and made it one of the go-to companies for independent energy advice and competitive pricing. I look forward to helping the company grow and enable it to reach out to more customers in new and innovative ways.”

Are you looking to switch energy provider to get a better deal? Or do you simply want to find out how you can lower your consumption and reduce your emissions? Get started here.

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