There are undoubtedly 101 ways UK small businesses can save energy and lower their costs. But just how significant would it be if SMEs increased their energy efficiency?
According to the Carbon Trust, UK SMEs account for 45 per cent of business energy usage and, says Harry Morrison, general manager of the Carbon Trust Standard Company, UK SMEs have the greatest potential for savings on energy: 20 per cent compared to eight per cent for larger organisations.
"That means that when added together, the potential for savings by SMEs could be up to £1.1 billion," says Morrison.
The truth about UK small business energy consumption
The bad news, however, is that the big majority of UK small businesses are missing out on savings because they are not aware of energy efficiency solutions that can save them money and lower their environmental impact. Perhaps because engineering companies devising energy saving solutions for the workplace are not good at communicating with small business.
The big majority of UK small businesses are missing out on savings
In a recent survey published by E.ON Energy*, the big majority of UK small businesses are missing out on savings because they are not aware of energy efficiency solutions that can save them money and lower their environmental impact.
The research paints a picture of poorly managed small businesses that could be saving more and wasting less.
Key Findings: • Only one in five (21 per cent) of UK small businesses have energy efficient equipment in the workplace. That means almost four million small businesses are wasting precious money and resources.
• Almost nine out of 10 (86 per cent) don’t have lighting timers or motion sensors in their workplace
• Eight out of 10 (81 per cent) don’t have an energy monitor installed in the office
Only 15% of businesses have a smart meter.