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Five energy saving tips for businesses for the autumn

By : Chris Tipping |August 13, 2017 |Energy, Energy Blog |0 Comment

Businesses can save a lot of money by reducing their energy consumption, which is especially important as we approach autumn and the unpredictable weather that inevitably lies ahead.

Energy savings can be made in a variety of areas around the office, although some may involve an initial outlay. Investments in more energy-efficient installations and appliances will pay for themselves soon enough by providing the company with massively reduced energy bills.

It’s an important issue as there can be a marked difference in the energy efficiency of similar businesses depending on the likes of premises, practices and equipment. Each individual company must take a close look at their energy consumption and identify which areas are creating the most costs. Usually it will be the likes of air conditioning, heating and lighting that consume the most energy, but certain electronic equipment can be expensive to run too. (more…)

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Businesses in Wales encourage to ’embrace disruptive technologies’

By : Chris Tipping |August 04, 2017 |Energy, Energy Blog |0 Comment

 

Welsh businesses currently have significant opportunities to transform the energy landscape by embracing disruptive technologies, according to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths.

The Cabinet Secretary said that new innovations and the latest smart technologies can help businesses manage their energy consumption to save money as well as helping the environment.

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Business and Energy Secretary aims to tackle ‘unfair practices’ in energy sector

By : Chris Tipping |July 24, 2017 |Energy, Energy Blog |0 Comment

 

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark is attempting to steer the energy market away from what he describes as ‘unfair practices’, which target vulnerable customers and hinder the development of micro businesses.

Mr Clark has sought the advice of the Chief Executive of the regulatory organisation Ofgem in order to end standard variable tariffs, which are particularly poor value for customers. (more…)

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Advice for retailers: Saving money on energy bills

By : Chris Tipping |July 18, 2017 |Energy, Energy Blog |0 Comment

 

Retail stores of all sizes can often save a lot more on their energy bills than they realise. There are plenty of simple tips and tricks that can reduce a store’s energy consumption, but it can take some organisation to ensure the methods are adhered to. With a little bit of training and some vigilance and discipline from staff, it is possible to massively reduce the cost of energy bills.

Here are a few energy saving ideas which are easy to implement but which significantly reduce the energy consumption of a retail store. (more…)

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Cuts in renewable energy subsidies mean drop in solar installations

By : Chris Tipping |July 04, 2017 |Energy, Energy Blog |0 Comment

Changes in legislations and cuts to government subsidies have caused a significant drop in the number of solar farms and other renewable energy sources being installed in the UK. Since an announcement last year that there was to be a 65% reduction to renewable energy incentives, there has been an estimated 74% drop in the number of small scale solar powered units across the country.

The government cuts happened under Cameron’s leadership, and were in part introduced to force the green energy industry to stand on its own two feet, rather than rely on purely subsidies to survive. Yet in doing this, the ordinary householder was often no longer able to affordably have solar systems installed, and trust in this cheap source of energy has once again become out of reach for many folk, and is in danger of becoming out of fashion for investors and businesses alike. (more…)

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Why coal-power will never be revived, despite US support

By : Chris Tipping |June 17, 2017 |Energy Blog |0 Comment

In the US, a growing number of people are becoming sceptical about climate change. This has been made all too evident by the support shown for the President’s decision to ‘go it alone’ and move away from the previously favoured Paris Agreement. Many, the President included, believe that the reduction of coal use is an unnecessary interference by government bodies, and takes away a traditional and important industry and way of life which has supported families for generations. As part of his new plans, Trump has issued an executive order, lifting carbon emission limits and allowing an increase in subsidies to coal-fired power plants. (more…)

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The story of a US President and the Paris Agreement.

By : Chris Tipping |June 01, 2017 |Energy, Energy Blog |0 Comment

There have been many stories surrounding President Trump and his views on the Energy market and the Paris Agreement since before the beginning of his Presidency. But this week the question  ‘will he, won’t he?’ about whether the US will stay or pull out of the Paris Agreement has been answered.

Those close to the President seemed confident that the decision had already been made that the US will exit the deal, although history also reminds us that this is a man who is apt to change his mind on the flip of a coin. (more…)

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Waste Plastic: Turning a problem into an energy-generating solution

By : Chris Tipping |May 26, 2017 |Energy, Energy Blog |0 Comment

We know for certain a couple of things about plastic. Firstly, it is one of the most versatile materials in the modern world. It is used for everything, from packaging for food, car parts, furniture, clothing, insulation, and building. It really would be difficult for us to do without it. Secondly, the reason we use it and cherish it so much: it is cheapness to produce, and easy to recycle, which we are now doing on a grand scale.

But would it surprise you to know that less than half of all used plastic is currently recyclable? There are still a huge amount of variations of plastic which we are unable to recycle or reuse, sometimes due to the make-up of the structure, sometimes because of the amount of contaminants left behind. (more…)

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Street lighting – how energy efficient is it?

By : Chris Tipping |May 15, 2017 |Energy, Energy Blog |0 Comment

There are an estimated 6.5 million publicly owned street lights in operation in the UK, each one costing up to £80 per year to operate. So it’s no surprise that local councils across the country are making plans to reduce the costs, both in monetary terms and in environmental impact. In essence, this means that our streets, some of which were made dark in recent years to save on expenses and light pollution, might once again be illuminated. And that is great news for businesses.

Our street lighting holds numerous benefits for businesses, not least from a security perspective. It has been proven that having adequate lighting in urban and business areas reduces crime significantly. Another thing to consider is with many more businesses now operating out of hours, street lighting is essential for the safety of workers entering and leaving company premises. (more…)

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Where does all our energy go?

By : Chris Tipping |May 04, 2017 |Energy, Energy Blog |0 Comment

We are constantly being told that over the past years, our usage for both domestic and industrial energy in the UK has increased dramatically, and it is this rise in demand which is responsible for the hikes in our energy bills. But what are the facts? Actually, you’d be surprised.

It would seem a pretty obvious conclusion that industry is the single biggest user of energy in the UK. Would you be surprised if I told you that conclusion was wrong? (more…)

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