Reduce your Energy Usage
There are simple steps you could take to reduce your energy use:
– Educate staff to ‘Switch Off’ all non-essential equipment whenever practical; including monitors, light switches and air conditioning units.
– Ensure windows and doors are closed when heating or cooling systems are in use
– Ensure you only use these systems when people are in the building, using any controls you have to match operation to occupancy.
– Take regular meter readings and compare suppliers
– Install insulation if possible and replace inefficient boilers
Energy Savings Trust offers 14 energy-efficiency Quick Wins as well as more detailed advice around energy efficiency and smarter travel. It also offers a dedicated advice page about grants and support for areas including wall and loft insulation, replacing your central heating and renewable energy technologies.
Switching to ‘greener’ energy
Most energy suppliers offer ‘green’ electricity tariffs. These seek to support renewable energy. The two main types of offering are green supply tariffs and green funds. A green supply tariff means that some or all of the electricity you buy is ‘matched’ by purchases of renewable energy that your energy supplier makes on your behalf. A green fund usually involves paying a premium to contribute to a fund that will be used to support new renewable energy developments.
Check out the Green Energy Supply website; here you can find UK electricity tariffs that have been independently checked and meet the energy regulator Ofgem’s Green Energy Supply Guidelines. Using the Energy Advice Line to change your business electricity or business gas supplier is free and simple.
There are different types of renewable energy sources available for organisations and communities to utilise: wind, solar, biomass, hydro and marine. All have their part to play both at large scale and at the micro-generation level. The Carbon Trust have produced a ‘Renewables Guide’ to help you understand which forms of energy generation may be right for you.
Energy self-sufficiency through renewable and low-carbon resources is increasing as a means of meeting electricity needs, saving money, and helping the climate. Find out more about renewable energy generation from our ‘Sustainable Energy’ webpage.