Green energy savings

A business is sustainable when it continuously flourishes in a fast-changing, competitive environment.

If a business also successfully pursues a green agenda and reduces their carbon footprint, then we can talk about long-term, lasting sustainability and resource-efficiency.

Environmental benefits

A surprising number of UK businesses do not realise the financial, resource-efficiency and environmental benefits of sustainable business building and growth. Quite often the underlying reason is a lack of ownership at senior level.

Utility and energy costs are usually considered as operating costs, and get delegated downwards in the business to operational teams. Often leaders and managers do not see the invoices or contracts, or even the overall yearly consumption and cost figures of energy and other utilities. Many business owners or leaders do not even know who is responsible for the energy budget, let alone how to optimise the contract prices for best value, whether consumption is increasing or not, or if the invoicing and cost control is accurate and efficient.

Now is the time for change. Make sure your business has efficient processes and systems in place to stay on top of your energy consumption and costs. A combination of our services can help you achieve this, from invoice validation and basic consumption reporting, to more in-depth monitoring and targeting, or an advanced energy management system.

You could consider alternative sources of energy to become less reliant on the grid, such as local electricity generation or alternative methods of heating, particularly where no mains gas is available.

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On-site generation of your own energy – is it worth it?

You could also take your energy efficiency to another level to reduce your annual costs by producing your own energy. With the latest generation of solar, wind and combined heat and power (CHP) technologies that work with efficient power storage, on-site energy generation will soon be within the reach of every business.

Many manufacturers, retailers and other businesses are already using renewable technologies and energy for their on-site energy generation, or are considering a combination of power and heat solutions to cut their power bills.

According to a recent study published in Energy Live News, over 50% of UK companies are interested in the idea of producing their own energy, mainly because they want to control their energy supply more. A third of businesses have already installed battery storage technology on site.

Lower operating costs are the main long-term business benefit for producing your own energy. Energy-intensive businesses, such as manufacturers, will enjoy both the cost reductions and energy security.

Combined heat and power (CHP) plant

You can establish your own energy generation with assets such as standby generators, combined heat and power (CHP) plant or battery storage.

Generating electricity through a combined heat and power (CHP) plant will allow a company to use the heat produced for other processes, rather than paying for both heat and electricity separately. It will also give you the potential to sell any excess power you create back to the grid.

How much a business can save with onsite generation depends on type of site and the type of site activity. If you do not, for example, sell the excess energy produced by your CHP plant, you are unlikely to gain any savings at all. We will help you to calculate the cost-benefit for your business to maximise your savings.

On-site generation solutions vary in scale, complexity and cost, and can be engineered to fit the specific requirements of each and every business. You have the potential for significant energy and costs savings, especially if you are large energy user. We recommend seeking expert advice both before investing in such technology, and also in its long-term management.

Solar savings

An on-site solar photovoltaic (PV) solution is ideal when you are seeking to cut your energy bills. You might also sell the surplus back to the grid to boost your revenues and cut costs even more. Solar panels work even on a cloudy day which, in the UK, is good to know!

The benefits of solar:

  • A solar PV solution cuts the reliance on power imports from the grid
  • Less reliance on conventional electricity supply leading to reduced bills
  • Government Feed in Tariff scheme: a payment is made for all the electricity generated even if it is used on site. A further payment is made for any surplus electricity supplied back to the grid. Note: BEIS will not accept new FiT applications after March 2019.
  • By reducing reliance on the grid, businesses and consumers can lower their carbon footprint. As well as underlining your own green credentials, you play your part in meeting the UK’s and international commitments on carbon emissions.
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