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SECR: What it means for businesses and how it will help improve energy efficiency

Posted by SSE Business Energy on 22/03/19 10:17

A new Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) framework comes into effect from 1 April 2019, replacing the existing Carbon Reduction Commitment energy efficiency scheme. As part of the scheme, companies will need to report their UK energy use from electricity, gas and transport, and scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions on an annual basis. In addition, these companies will have to report their intensity ratio, which is a measure of the energy inefficiency within a company.

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Topics: Energy saving, regulation

Six easy ways to improve your energy efficiency

Posted by Rob Silvester on 05/03/19 10:12
 
With the cost of energy rising and a greater appreciation among businesses and consumers of the need to be environmentally responsible, many firms are looking for ways to become more energy efficient. There are plenty of quick wins to help you easily and cost-effectively cut down your energy usage.
 
To mark World Energy Efficiency Day 2019, Eunice Mabey, Energy Optimisation Director at SSE Enterprise Energy Solutions gives us her top tips to help businesses reduce their energy wastage.
 
Switch off lights

“It may sound obvious, but the costs of keeping lights on when no one’s in the room can add up,” says Eunice. “It’s everyone’s responsibility to keep lights switched off when they’re not in use. So make sure you take ownership when you see a room or corridor that is unoccupied or has enough natural daylight and turn the lights off.”
 
Limit use of small power appliances

Another way to quickly cut down on energy usage is to pay attention to other electrical appliances.
 
“Turn off items like computers, printers, projectors and phone chargers at the end of each day”, advises Eunice. “Many people worry that switching these off could limit their productivity, as they can take time to warm up again. But this doesn’t need to be the case. If you switch these on first thing in the morning, they should be up and running in the time it takes for you to make a cup of tea.”

Adapt to weather contitions

We’ve recently been experiencing milder weather, so make sure you’re adapting to these conditions and adjusting your heating temperatures to suit. Similarly, it can be tempting to turn on the air-conditioning in summer months when temperatures soar, but Eunice recommends trying natural ventilation, such as opening a window, first.

“Opening windows and doors is far less energy intensive than an air-con unit,” she says. “You can also use internal or external shades to stop glare and excess heat on a sunny day. However, if you do decide to use the air-con, remember to close the windows – failing to do so can affect its ability to keep the room at a comfortable temperature and end up wasting energy.”
 
Cut down on water wastage
 
Water is a surprisingly expensive commodity and yet it’s often overlooked with electricity and gas tending to take centre stage. According to Eunice, there are simple steps you can take to make sure you’re not using more than you need to.
 
“If you spot a dripping tap, urinal or toilet, report it to your Facilities Manager as soon as you can,” she advises. “Failing to deal with these issues quickly can lead to issues further down the line – addressing it sooner rather than later can help avoid the need for more expensive fixes.”
 
Consider moving desks
 
It’s always a challenge to keep everyone at the right temperature in an office environment.
“See if swapping desks helps,” suggests Eunice. “Employees who prefer cooler temperatures might benefit from sitting closer to the air conditioning unit or window, while those who feel the cold might prefer to sit closer to the radiators. Also, don’t forget to dress for the weather – wear jumpers in the winter rather than ramping the heat up.”
 
Set up an Energy Champion group
 
When it comes to energy efficiency, your employees are your most valuable asset. Getting their support is crucial and to do this, you’ll need to engage with them. Eunice suggests putting in place a structure to help keep up momentum.
 
“You could set up an internal group to help cascade messages on energy efficiency and collate ideas from colleagues,” she says. “Or you could run competitions where you encourage your employees to create posters, for instance. Another idea is to create league tables, where a prize is given to the department or site that uses the least energy or comes up with the most effective energy efficiency solution. Tools like our online energy management platform, Clarity, let you create a league tabling report, so can help with this.
 
“And, on World Energy Efficiency Day, it’s worth remembering not to forget about existing initiatives that are in place to help you manage your energy usage,” Eunice adds. “Why not use days like this to celebrate the successes you’ve achieved so far on your energy efficiency journey?”
 
To learn more about energy efficiency, and for other energy saving ideas, please visit our website.
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Topics: SSE Green, Energy saving, Budgeting

Six solutions to help you save money on your energy bill

Posted by SSE Business Energy on 24/01/19 11:33

Many of us will have entered the new year with a firm commitment to cut our costs and spend less money on the things we can control. As energy can be a relatively large overhead for many businesses, assessing and making small tweaks to the way you use it could translate into large savings. Whatever the size of your organisation, we have a range of solutions to help you make 2019 the year of saving money on your energy. 

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Topics: Energy Solutions, Energy resolution, Energy saving

How to fit your energy costs into a long-term budget

Posted by SSE Business Energy on 17/01/19 10:17

 When we talk to our customers, one of their most common concerns is how to fit energy costs into their overall budget and plan for the long term.

Planning energy costs can be a challenge. Demands on energy are unpredictable and can be affected by several variables. One factor is weather conditions – the unexpected cold snap from the ‘beast from the east’ in February 2018 saw demand rise, for instance. Equally, the busier your organisation is, the more energy you’re likely to use: more employees in the office means more computers on, as well as more regular use of printers, photocopiers, kettles and a host of other appliances. More energy intensive organisations might also vary their energy usage depending on product demand. 
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Topics: SSE Protect, Fixed contracts, SSE Choice, Energy resolution, Energy saving, Budgeting

How behavioural change can boost your business’s energy efficiency in 2019

Posted by SSE Business Energy on 10/01/19 12:51

As we head into 2019, energy efficiency has never been more of a priority for many organisations we talk to. One way of becoming more energy efficient is to encourage your team to take action.

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Topics: Energy Optimisation, Energy resolution, Energy saving

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