Energy Efficiency and the future of the UK
Smart business energy usersEvidence demonstrates that, armed with individual data, the average customer has reduced their overall energy usage by 3%. During peak hours (between 16:00-20:00 on weekdays) where the cost for energy is more, nearly all consumers tried to reduce their expenditure, leading to a 10% overall drop in peak consumption. Whereas domestic users demonstrated greater flexibility in peak energy consumption, choosing to use high-energy devices like dishwashers and washing machines during cheaper, weekend hours, businesses failed to show any noticeable change. Even when offered incentives to reduce power usage when demand on the grid is high, businesses failed to respond with a change in behaviour. What’s clear is that the needs of the business outweigh the need to save on energy costs. To engage businesses, more has to be done to engage them in schemes suited to their needs, rather than the needs of the government or energy supplier.
New business energy efficiency schemesSo far, several new schemes for businesses have been suggested. One proposal would see a concerted effort to bring renewable energy to smaller businesses, including the installation of solar panels. Not only would this generate energy for the business but also provide a potential revenue stream from any excess power delivered back to the National Grid. Another focuses on providing funding for electric vehicles and improving access to charging stations. In 2012, the English Housing Survey found that three quarters of the UK’s dwellings (that’s a staggering 16.6million) could benefit from energy improvement measures. With the national roll-out of smart meters starting next year, the energy industry expects to see some major changes in the way the UK uses energy. The trial in the North West has shown that smart meters can dramatically change both the attitude and the behaviour of the average consumer. When you consider that 2.28million households (10.4%) in England are in fuel poverty, with that number set to rise, this change is not before time. However, a lot more needs to be done to encourage a similar attitudinal shift in the world of business. At Utility Helpline, we have always been dedicated to helping businesses like yours save money. Our comprehensive range of energy consultancy services can not only find you the right energy supplier but also help you make simple, practical changes to save energy and money. To help reduce the cost energy consumption has on your time and bank account, we can provide the following services: • Multi commercial utility connections • Renewable commercial utility energy solutions • Business electricity and gas meter installations • Business electricity and gas disconnections Once your new connection is in place we can also: • Compare business electricity and gas prices from major and specialist energy providers to get the most competitive supply contracts • Fully manage the set up and valuation of your new energy contract. • Validate your first business electricity and gas bill • Review your business electricity and gas costs year after year to make sure you continue to get the best commercial utility deal Call us today on freephone 0800 043 0423 to discover more about how we can help you and your business get the best deal from your energy supply.
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