Government urges UK businesses to cut energy bills

Action Energy – a government-backed initiative that provides free advice and assistance on energy efficiency - is urging UK-based organisations to reduce their energy bills.

Businesses, they claim, can save up to 20% of their energy bills, which equates to total UK energy savings of around £800 million a year. In addition, energy efficiency is vital in helping to reduce greenhouse gases – a target reduction of 60% by 2050 has been set under the Kyoto Protocol.

With the help of a free energy survey or starter pack, thousands of businesses have already taken advantage of the scheme using a wide range of energy efficiency techniques, many of which are said to involve little or no cost. Interest-free energy loans are also available to allow businesses to invest in energy-saving equipment. Energy-saving techniques include ensuring that personal computers and photocopiers are switched off when not in use, spring-loading external doors, and setting time switches to the minimum period necessary.

Anglia Polytechnic University – built with energy efficiency measures introduced at the design stage – reduced their energy consumption by approximately half that of a more conventional design. The environmentally conscious building boasts a naturally ventilated design with low energy and maintenance costs.

For those interested in participating, a network of energy advisers has been set up in association with the Energy Saving Trust, which runs regional Energy Efficiency Advice Centres also providing advice on energy saving in the home.

Story by Sarah Speight

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