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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

How you can work with your energy provider to boost your reputation

Posted by SSE Business Energy on 31/01/19 12:32

There’s a growing recognition among our customers that ‘being responsible’ can set organisations apart from the competition and help improve their reputations. It can make them more attractive to customers, procurers, supplier and investors as well as existing, and potential, employees.

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Topics: SSE Green, Energy Solutions, Energy resolution, reputation

What are your energy resolutions for 2019?

Posted by SSE Business Energy on 03/01/19 10:15

It’s that time of the year when many of us will be setting out our objectives for the year ahead. When it comes to energy, that should be no different.

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Topics: SSE Green, SSE Protect, TPI, SME, Renewable energy, Virtual Power Plant, Energy flexibility, SSE Choice, New Connections, Triads, Energy resolution

Marking a decarbonisation milestone

Posted by Martin Pibworth on 17/08/18 12:16

The energy system that drives the UK economy is changing fast. The early steps towards decarbonisation that the energy sector took a decade ago in response the Climate Change Act have become confident strides and real progress can be seen in the recent confirmation that low-carbon generation outstripped all other sources of power for the first time in 2017.

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SSE’s decade of clean growth

Posted by SSE Business Energy on 23/07/18 15:54

Following last week's announcement that Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited exported power for the first time, lead developer SSE has launched its ‘A decade of clean growth: SSE’s contribution to the onshore wind revolution’ report. The report documents the tremendous expansion of SSE’s onshore wind portfolio over the past decade and the £3.9bn of value added to the UK and Irish economies thanks to this growth.

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Topics: Sustainability, SSE Green, Renewable energy, Beatrice Wind Farm, Offshore wind, Griffin Wind Farm

First power for Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm

Posted by SSE Business Energy on 20/07/18 12:05

Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm has started generating power for the first time this week. Following the successful installation of the first 7MW turbine, Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited has exported power to the National Grid for the first time. The installation of the first turbine heralds the start of the final stage of Beatrice’s journey towards completion in Spring 2019.

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Topics: SSE Green, Renewable energy, Beatrice Wind Farm, Offshore wind

Putting drivers at the wheel of electric vehicle infrastructure

Posted by SSE Business Energy on 12/07/18 09:25

SSE and Source London are helping empower Londoners to choose the best locations for electric vehicle charging points across the city.

A new online tool, www.powermystreet.co.uk, has been launched which allows residents to map where they want the charging infrastructure which will in turn help city planners and suppliers chart demand and make the choices a reality.

SSE Enterprise is working with Source London, London’s largest charging network, to install the vital infrastructure which will enable more people to make the switch to cleaner transport. It’s already installed 728 charging points with 1,000 expected to be available to electric vehicle drivers across the city by the end of 2018.

Additionally, SSE Business Energy provides all of Source London’s charging points with green energy, meaning users can be assured they’re using 100% clean, renewable energy to power their vehicles.

Stuart Chaston, Managing Director of SSE Enterprise Contracting, said: “As more and more people make the switch to cleaner, greener cars this tool helps put them in charge of where they need the charging points to be and we’d encourage all electric vehicle owners in the city to go online and choose the best vehicle charging location for them.

“SSE is proud to be working with Source London to deliver the low carbon infrastructure needed for the Capital for decades to come and providing the green, 100% renewable energy to power Londoners’ vehicles sustainably.”

Christophe Arnaud, Managing Director of Source London, said: “We are proud to launch Powermystreet, a tool which will help spearhead London’s transformation into the true electric vehicle capital. Without the infrastructure to support them, electric vehicles cannot flourish.

“Chris Grayling’s announcement on Monday to help increase uptake of low emission vehicles is a welcome step in the right direction but falls short of what London truly needs: a dense, user-friendly, sustainable and homogeneous charging infrastructure. Collaborative efforts are paramount to the success of this essential behavioural shift and Powermystreet is the best way to engage with residents all over London and understand their needs.”

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Topics: SSE Green, Renewable energy, Electric Vehicles

Arriva to power UK bus and rail sites with SSE Green

Posted by Emily Fincham on 24/05/18 11:15

Arriva, one of Europe’s leading passenger transport providers, announced today that almost all its UK bus and rail sites will be powered by 100% renewable electricity* after entering a three-year electricity supply contract with SSE Business Energy in the UHArriva PRK.

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Topics: Sustainability, SSE Green, Better Business, Arriva, Renewable energy

Goodbye January Blues. Hello SSE Green!

Posted by Emily Fincham on 15/01/18 09:31

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