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Why isn't energy efficiency higher up the business agenda?

Posted by Alison Griffiths on 12 March 2013 at 12:44 pm

When the Government issued the UK’s Energy Efficiency Strategy in late 2012, the measures received broad support from many including the CBI. Designed to "maximise the benefits of existing policy and to realise the wider energy efficiency potential across the UK economy" the strategy was aimed at both homes and businesses and was packed with both broad sweep low carbon policies and handy hints for business and the home.

Who would have thought, for example, that wearing a thick jumper at home could save the average household 1,530kWh per year or that installing sensors to turn off unwanted lights can make a difference to energy consumption not only in business but also at home.

One interesting section of the report concludes that before deciding to invest in energy efficiency, businesses require a far higher rate of return than private consumers do.

Various factors influence the business decision including the perception of the hidden costs of implementation and upfront costs. Interestingly, with energy-efficiency not always sitting high on the business agenda, the closer the energy manager is to the CEO, the more likely it is that the business will adopt energy saving policies. When deciding to invest in green transformations, businesses don’t always take account of the benefits to staff welfare and corporate reputation which can follow.

Businesses which are considering taking their first energy efficient steps would do well to take a look at the Renewable Energy Marketplace at Westpoint Exeter on 19 March 2013 (see below for discounts).  Packed with discussions, seminars and with over 100 suppliers showing off their services, this show is the perfect starting off place for any business looking to save energy or costs with green measures.

If everyone takes just one step towards the green agenda then collectively we can all make a vast difference. That is why the Government’s energy efficient strategy is so important and I make no apology for concluding this article with the strategy’s concluding words:

"Improving the way we use energy is essential to our future economy and future way of life. We have the opportunity to lead the world in becoming more energy efficient and we must take it."

YouGen discounts for the Renewable Energy Marketplace

Book your place now for the exibition, workshops and conference here.  
Use the discount code 'YouGen' to get £5 off the ticket price of £15.
Use the discount code 'YouGenConference' to get £10 off the ticket price of £55.

YouGen's Cathy Debenham and Gilly Jones will be on hand all day to answer questions about marketing your renewable energy business, and other energy efficiency related matters, in the installer zone.

Photo Credit: Toni Blay via Compfight cc

About the author: Alison writes about subjects in the trades, business and eco fields.

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gunningheatingComment left on: 21 March 2013 at 6:56 am

Interesting Article posted. Great to have a visit on that website.  Conservatory Heaters are mainly used for generating heat.

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utility-exchangeComment left on: 13 March 2013 at 4:39 pm

It's amazing the number of small business owners who don't know how much they spend each year on energy! Being one of their biggest costs you would think otherwise!

Perhaps it's those that are aware of how much energy costs who are more likely to try to to reduce costs through energy efficiency measures.

The Hub has a number of business energy saving tips - simple changes can save money and reduce costs! 

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UrbanEnergyComment left on: 12 March 2013 at 1:11 pm

Interesting thoughts, Just the energy could save by lights being turned off could save thousands £ a year.

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