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Turning down the business gas but keeping business electricity on full!

by Energy Advice Line

So a lot of small businesses have been enjoying the mini heatwave – it can’t last, can it? Although many are able to reduce their energy consumption for others it’s a case of turning it up..if you’re making ice cream that is and a few other thirst quenchers for the hot weather!

Even if it is warm outside health and safety will want to make sure that your workers are working in offices and factories that are temperature controlled – so many offices nowadys have windows that cannot be opened so the air conditioning is on permanently. Okay for those that have motion sensitive sensors they have an element of control but for many businesses there is stil a need to be careful about how much energy is being wasted.

It’s not just offices and factories either that are in danger, many retail outlets have similar issues – do you ever look up in supermarkets and large stores and wonder how much energy a business is wasting heating their roof space? Well for businesses in this environment it is a big concern and so it is prudent to take all possible measures to reduce those business energy bills for switching off unnecessary lights and equipment to insulation and use of solar power, where viable.

One of the most important things a busines can do though is to check their bills and tariffs and visit an business energy price comparison site to see if they are truly getting the best deal. Using an independent broker can save a company a lot of money and stress as these companies will help you through the termination and contract set up and keep a watchful eye on your business electricity and business gas contracts in the future also ensuring that you are always on the best possible rates.

Energy rates will continue to rise, what can we do?

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

With energy rates currently on the rise, it all seems like doom and gloom. Not necessarily!

We should be shopping around for the best deal, as we do for insurance. By doing this, we can obtain better rates than simply staying with the existing supplier.

By allowing specialist brokers to work for you, your time is freed up to concentrate on your main business where you will be more productive. We can navigate around the problems that are all too common, time-consuming and confusing.

What else can be done to keep our costs down? Quite simply, we need to manage and adjust our energy usage habits. Often these can be fairly basic practices, U-GET can advise with this.

Monitoring your energy usage, pin-pointing trends and anomalies and acting on this is the way forward. Smart meters are being introduced with the perception that this will cure our ineffective routine and reduce bills – not if we do nothing with our data. A simple and effective procedure is to use an Energy Monitor, clipping the transmitter to our meter and sending information to the monitor, with the data able to be viewed on your pc.

We can do something to help reduce our costs, in business and at home, even in a rising market. However, we need to take a pro-active approach to it.

Practical energy management

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Reducing energy use makes perfect business sense; it saves money, enhances corporate reputation and helps everyone in the fight against climate change.

The Carbon Trust provides simple, effective advice to
help businesses and public sector organisations take action
to reduce carbon emissions, and the simplest way to do
this is to use energy more efficiently.

This management overview provides practical advice
to businesses on how to identify energy waste and
implement savings. This will ensure long-term benefits
for people, the business and the environment.

Although many organisations believe energy is a fixed overhead,
it actually represents one of the best opportunities for saving money.

For a copy of this guide or any others, please email:

info@u-getconsultancy.co.uk

Energy — it’s much more manageable than you think

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Energy is not an unmanageable overhead — it is one of the largest controllable costs in most organisations.

Cutting energy costs through improved energy
efficiency goes straight to the bottom line, making
your organisation immediately more competitive.
And saving energy doesn’t need massive investment in
time or money. At minimal cost you could save up to
20% on your energy bills — which could be equal to a
5% sales increase.

The Carbon Trust fact sheet can help you to begin in cutting your energy costs. Email now to receive your free copy:

info@u-getconsultancy.co.uk

For your FREE energy bill review, contact us today

Could British Summer Time help energy efficiency?

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Environmental experts have called for British Summer Time to be extended to improve energy efficiency and help the UK tackle climate change.

(The article continues http://t.co/r1TdDMZ)

By adjusting the daylight hours so that it is better aligned with the hours that we are awake, is surely logical. To quantify this in simple terms, rather than having to use lighting (based on a standard Winters day) at 4pm we would in fact, not require it until 5pm. A full hours worth of electricity savings.

The earlier darkness falls, the longer the effects of solar cooling. Heating may not be used as much if we stayed with BST, particularly in the late afternoon period and on into the evening.

Could there also be benefits for Solar UV technologies?

As the article states, we do need to trial it, to see what the outcome would be. By not doing so, we will all be in the DARK!

How to use less water – Kitchen water savers

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Fix dripping taps

Broken taps can waste 12 to 20 litres of water a day. New washers cost only a few pence but will save you money if your water is metered.

  • Saving A dripping tap can waste 12 to 20 litres of water a day – that’s around 2-4p* worth of water

Drink from a jug

Jug of waterCut wastage by chilling water in the fridge.

If you want cold drinking water, fill a jug from the tap and put it in the fridge to chill. This would save 10 litres of water a day compared to running the tap until it turns cold each time.

  • Saving 10 litres (2p) per day

Only boil what you need

Save water as well as energy by using the minimum amount of water required when you boil water in saucepans and kettles.

  • Saving Around 10 litres (2p) a day

Turn off the tap

Don’t rinse dishes under a running tap – use a bowl of water instead. Try also to use a bowl when washing vegetables and the leftover water can then be used for watering house plants.

  • Saving 20 litres (4p) a day

Fill the washing machine

Clean full loads of washing to save water.Loading washing machine

Make sure your washing machine has a full load before you switch it on. Those labelled A for energy efficiency tend to be water efficient, too.

  • Saving Five to 10 litres (around 1-2p) every wash

Use the dishwasher more efficiently

If you own a dishwasher, fill it up fully before you use it and always use its eco program setting, which uses less water.

  • Saving Five to 10 litres a cycle (around 1-2p)
* ‘Money saved’ figures refer to water meter customers on an average tariff charging 0.19p per litre.
Article:- Which? Consumer Magazine.

How to use less electricity – Money-saving tips

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Using less energy isn’t just greener – it will save you money! The Energy Saving Trust estimates the average household could save up to £250 annually by putting energy-saving measures into place.

How much money can I save?

Quite a lot. Even without buying new energy-efficient products, the way you use your current household items can make a big difference. For example, a typical 42-inch plasma TV will use about 300W an hour, or 0.3kWh. If on for 4 hours every evening and left on standby when not in use, it will consume approximately £4.90 of electricity a month. Simply switching on its energy-saving mode when in use, and powering down completely when not in use as opposed to leaving it in standby, will take more than a third off this cost straight away.

Tumble drying clothes can use more than 60p of electricity per load if you’re machine isn’t particularly efficient. You can cut this by following our energy-saving tumble drying tips.

Also, replacing old energy-guzzlers like traditional light bulbs with new, energy-efficient equivalents can add to your savings. Which? members can discover the best and worst energy saving light bulbs in our online review.

Get the best energy deal

To make sure you’re paying the best price for the energy you use, use our switching site to get cheaper gas and cheaper electricity.

  • Saving The average annual saving using Which? Switch is £270.

Make your own electricity

Home wind turbine on roof

Our wind turbine used more energy than it generated

Solar power can generate electricity (solar PV), or for a much lower initial outlay just help you heat water (solar thermal) – this can slash your water heating bill by a third. Find out more about solar panels, including how much you can expect to save, in our online guide.

Small domestic wind turbines can provide up to 35% of an average home’s electricity needs, with shorter payback periods than solar panels – although the average wind speed around your house is absolutely key to how your small domestic turbine will perform. For most people in the UK, it won’t be worth it. Find out more about wind turbines in our online guide.

  • Saving After the considerable initial expenditure on a Solar PV system, the estimated average annual income based on annual electricity savings and feed-in tariff benefits is £835.

Say bye to standby

We’ve covered standby in some detail (see the Standby and electricity page). But here’s another fact: a single computer and monitor left on 24 hours a day will cost more than £50 a year in electricity. Switching these off completely out of normal working hours, and not leaving them on standby, could cut this to £15 a year.

Turning your DVD player or DVD recorderoff, instead of leaving it on standby, is another big energy saver. An average DVD recorder left on standby overnight uses roughly the same amount of electricity as a low energy light bulb left on for the same time. Some DVD recorders use double this amount.
  • Saving Up to £40 per year.

Use low-energy light bulbs

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Low energy light bulbs can last 10 years

Change traditional light bulbs to low-energy bulbs. These can last 10 years or more compared with an average of one year for a traditional bulb.

  • Saving For each single 100W bulb replaced by a low-energy equivalent, you’ll reduce your electricity bill by about £11 a year.

Unplug gadget chargers

If a charger feels warm when it’s plugged in without being attached to a device, it’s still converting energy. So unplug mobile phone and laptop chargers when you’re not using them to save electricity and money.

  • Saving £1.50 per year. It costs less than a penny to charge a phone for eight hours, but unplugging when not in use is one of those changes that can make a big environmental impact if everyone does it.
Article by: Which? Consumer Magazine
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