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Energy and water advice for businesses

Review your energy bill

You might be able to get a better deal with an existing or new supplier by contacting them directly. You can also visit comparison websites to see if you could be getting your energy cheaper by switching, make sure you’re aware of any exit fees on your current tariff.

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Make your business warmer, more efficient, and reduce your energy bills

Making your business as energy efficient as possible and reducing the amount of energy you use is one of the most effective ways of reducing your fuel bills and helping to mitigate climate change

Quick business energy wins

  • Fit draught-proofing to seal any gaps around windows and doors to stop heat escaping
  • Always turn off the lights and electronic appliances that don’t need to be on
  • Avoid leaving equipment such as computer screens on standby and remember not to leave appliances, such as mobile phones, on charge unnecessarily
  • Activate sleep modes on equipment where possible
  • Use natural light as much as possible
  • Review your thermostat settings, turning the thermostat down by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10%
  • Consider increasing the set point for your air conditioning and keep doors and windows closed when it is running
  • Take regular meter readings and monitor your usage, this can be easier with smart meters
  • Ask employees to move away from single occupancy car use and try sustainable travel alternatives: car sharing, walking, cycling, and public transport

Improving the energy efficiency of your business

  • Ask employees if they would like to become ‘green’ or ‘energy saving’ champions and help set up and run environmental initiatives
  • Run regular energy use audits to identify energy (and money) saving opportunities
  • Make sure any equipment you use is as energy efficient as possible, consider replacing old equipment
  • Review your lighting and consider upgrading to a more efficient system
  • Review you waste management and recycling needs, find what we can offer you at Business waste and recycling

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Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)

  • ESOS is a mandatory energy assessment scheme for large enterprises in the UK that meet the qualification criteria. The Environment Agency is the UK scheme administrator.
  • Organisations that qualify for ESOS must carry out energy usage assessments every four years. Organisations must notify the Environment Agency by a set deadline that they have complied with their ESOS obligations.

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Extra help with your energy supply

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Generate your own energy

Renewable energy

Generate your own energy to reduce your energy bills and provide an income.

  • By generating renewable energy instead of using conventional energy sources (fossil fuels) you can reduce the amount of CO2 your business produces. It may be possible to generate a significant proportion of your businesses heat or electricity requirements from renewable technologies

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  • The Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) is a support mechanism designed to ensure small-scale generators are paid for the renewable electricity they export to the grid. You may be eligible to apply if you have one of the following renewable energy generating technologies;
      • Solar PV Panels
      • A wind turbine
      • Hydro
      • Anaerobic digestion (AD)
      • Micro combined heat and power (micro-CHP)

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Water conservation

Quick water conservation wins for your business

  • Regularly check your meters to monitor usage

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Improving the water efficiency of your business

  • Install efficient flush toilets
  • Install automatic sensor taps
  • Offer water efficiency training to employees
  • Research water recycling schemes

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Mitigating the impacts of climate change for your business

  • The UK faces hotter, drier summers and warmer, wetter winters as a result of climate change. heatwaves, torrential rain and floods are likely to become more common
  • Average summer temperatures expected to rise between 3 and 4°C this century
  • As a business, you should manage climate risk in the same way you manage other risks to your business. You should identify parts of your operations that may be vulnerable to a changing climate and take action to mitigate the risks
  • If your business has been affected by changes in weather patterns or an extreme weather event, you know how expensive and disruptive recovery can be. Being prepared for future changes in the climate is an important part of business planning, whether that be building climate resilience into your business practices or making the most of business opportunities. As the climate changes in the UK, businesses may also be in a position to exploit commercial opportunities. Businesses that can respond to the changing demand for certain products and services will benefit
  • Opportunities include:
    • longer growing seasons for the agriculture and food sector
    • retrofit of buildings and infrastructure to make sure it is climate resilient
    • greater demand for domestic tourism 

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  • Weathering the Storm is a guide to support SMEs to consider the business risks and opportunities that extreme weather and climate change present.
  • Business Resilience Health Check will give you a bespoke report outlining the actions that you should address, giving you a good starting point to develop a practical and coherent business resilience plan
  • Climate Ready and Business and services from the Environment Agency provides help and advice

Landlord energy efficiency standards

There is a minimum energy efficiency standard at 'E', for all privately rented properties. It is illegal to rent out a property unless it is 'E' or the landlord has carried out the maximum package of measures available through funding options (even if this does not get them above 'F'). From April 2020 this restriction on landlord letting out below an 'E' rated property is extended to cover all existing tenancies for properties.

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