Healthcare & care homes

Care sector under financial pressure –
tight budget control needed

The care sector is widely reported to be under pressure as local authority funding dwindles and demand increases. Energy consumption cannot usually be reduced where vulnerable residents are concerned, so it’s all the more important that your utility contracts are competitive and invoices are constantly accurate.

There are 14,750 residential care homes and 5,599 nursing homes in the UK who face an increasing pressure on financial resources and budget cuts every day. It does not help that their energy bills have risen by 40 percent in recent years – and they could face the prospect of their energy bills doubling over the next decade.

Energy is one of the largest overheads 

High energy demand in care homes usually includes water heating, lighting, space heating, electrical equipment (televisions, laundry, adjustable care beds, etc.), and IT technology. Heavy-duty and 24/7 demand for energy and water in care homes means that the most effective way to cut costs and reduce utility bills is to decrease consumption. While this is far from ideal, a potential benefit is that your care home’s carbon emissions are then also reduced.

Further to energy expenditure, waste refuse costs – including clinical waste – can put a further strain on budgets. We closely scrutinise these cost areas and tender them regularly to secure competitive rates. We have cooperated with and supported over 30 care home groups, from single site to national providers.

Care sector under financial pressure

Surrey Care Association

We work as a commercial partner with the Surrey Care Association, a not-for-profit company which works to support social care providers in Surrey and the south east of England.

Together we organise tailored and exclusive seminars to care home operators and managers on reducing utility costs and consumption, and on how to achieve savings.

Long-term savings for your care home

Long-term savings across all utilities for your care home

To secure long-term energy, water and waste savings, and to control costs and budgets for your care home, you need an understanding of your cost-consumption profile. Unfortunately, you cannot apply a universal energy efficiency methodology due to the diversity of care homes, by size, specialist areas, services provided, and facilities used.

We help care home managers with consumption reduction and energy saving initiatives with a return on investment and substantial savings year after year. This is the case whether you are one of the 6,339 independent care homes, or part of the 14,010 group properties. We have number of different measures to ensure your care home operates as efficiently as possible in order to reduce utility costs.

Contact us for a free consultation and find out how we can help you