It is estimated that electricity for small businesses can account for nearly 10% annual overheads and £12 billion of energy is wasted every year in the UK.
It has been found that if a typical SME business becomes energy efficient – they could reduce their bill by as much as 15% to counter the effects of recent price hikes by the big 6 electricity suppliers and also combat energy wastage.
So far, 2008 has brought price rises for electricity by all of the major suppliers and as a result, more SME business owners are concerned that the cost of rising overheads will start eating into their profits in order to keep their lights on.
Electricity4business (E4B) assists small and medium sized businesses to make the most of savings not just by shopping around to get the best price for their electricity, but guide them to introduce energy efficiency into the workplace by starting an energy efficiency plan.
The plan will enable small businesses to combat rising costs within the utilities industry. Also, by following these simple steps, an SME will be able to make a difference to their budget and cash-flow.
Below is a simple process which small businesses can follow to reach their energy efficiency targets:
1. Benefit from the same level of performance from lower usage – saving you money as well as our climate
2. Make it easy – break your energy management into key areas: policy, planning and action, monitoring and control and measuring success
3. Easy to follow policy - set a positive culture within the workplace, supporting good business practice and the environment too
4. Set out achievable objectives: target clear goals and outline responsibilities for saving energy
5. Monitor how electricity is used in your workplace to control wastage. Do a walk-around energy survey, then monitor consumption on an ongoing basis
A free guide is available for download at www.electricity4business.co.uk to further encourage SMEs to reach their energy efficiency goals, to save their saving business money and raise awareness of businesses doing their bit for the environment.
Take-up of incorporating energy efficiency planning into an SME’s operational objectives to make savings by being lower users of electricity has reportedly been successfully introduced so far. Further feedback into the longer term inclusion into a businesses daily function within staff as well as processes, is expected later on in the year.
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Electricity4business is Britain's independent electricity retail company specialising in the supply of business electricity to small and medium sized businesses. E4Bs aim is to cut the cost for British business by offering lower prices.
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