Water savings

All business users have a requirement for water

Water consumption varies depending on the size of the business, head count, and whether water is utilised as part of the business process.

Commercial customers in Scotland have been able to choose their supplier since 2008. In April 2017, deregulation was extended to England (but not Wales). Suppliers now have to compete on price and service to attract and retain your business.

As with energy, we offer a full validation and procurement service to ensure a competitive package is secured. We analyse your cost and consumption data to identify areas of savings.  With our smart monitoring service, we can keep a continuous record of your water consumption and identify potential leaks at an early stage with regards to water supply and water disposal.

Saving water in your business

Saving water within your business requires a number of steps, the first of which should be to make a company-wide commitment to reducing consumption. Studies have shown that nominating a person within each department to hold accountable for behavioural change yields better results, and creates a stronger sense of responsibility. Considering employee incentives is also a way to encourage involvement from staff and increase success margins.

Following your initial commitment to saving water, contact us at ESS and we’ll conduct a water audit across your business. The results of this will show exactly where you use the most water, as well as identifying leaks and wasted water on your premises. Once you know where these problem areas are, you can begin to decrease your consumption.

We’ll then work with you to set targets and goals for your business’s water use. We monitor your bills for unusually high figures which might be indicative of a leak, and compare quarterly and yearly invoices to track your water saving journey.

Saving water in your business
Water-efficient equipment

Invest in water-efficient equipment

Investing in water-efficient equipment within your company is an obvious step towards reducing your consumption. The demand for more efficient white goods and appliances is increasing, and this is being reflected in the types of products on the market now. While the upfront cost of investing in water-efficient appliances might be high, you’ll make your money back over time as your water bills decrease. This goes hand in hand with investing in low-flow devices which are pieces of equipment designed to minimise the water flow to taps and toilets on your business premises. Having these in place can almost halve the amount of water coming from a faucet and can more than halve the amount of water used to flush a toilet – down from eight litres to four!

Open retail market reducing consumption

According to Ofwat, the biggest benefit of the retail market opening in England has been so far, after the first year, reduced water consumption. Those business customers who negotiated a better deal from their current supplier or switched have cut down their water consumption between 270 and 540 megalitres – which is the equivalent of 100-200 Olympic-sized swimming pools! Going further, they could save 380-740 megalitres per year.

The final step in promoting water saving processes in your business is to have ongoing employee education in place. Holding workshops and information days helps to solidify new knowledge about the benefits of responsible water use, and links back to creating a sense of responsibility among your employees.

Get in touch with us to find out how our water services – auditing, bill validation, and procurement – and monitoring & targeting services will help your business.

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