25% off for Chamber Members

ENERGY PRICES START to rise at the end of Summer – increasing your business running costs.  In response to this, we are offering 25% OFF all Energy Manager Service Fees to members of the Leeds, York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce when taken out this year (2013). Prices start at £199 (before discount) and include our ‘No Risk’ guarantee – to save you at least double your investment or we give you money back.

Often businesses simply switch to the cheapest tariff or supplier. However, with gas and electricity prices rising year on year, this will only generate a short term gain.

Here are some tips on quick, cost effective changes to help reduce your energy consumption and generate immediate savings.

Offices

  • Turn off photocopiers, printers, desktop computers, mobile phone chargers etc., and don’t use standby modes on electrical equipment. Open blinds to take advantage of natural lighting and switch on lights only when needed. Typically circa 20-30% of energy used in the majority of offices goes solely on lighting!
  • Make sure systems are only operating within your normal working hours.
  • Implement strict temperature policies both Summer and Winter. This will generate up to 15% Energy Savings and create harmony between heating and cooling systems.
  • Appointing “green champions” will encourage behaviour change.
  • Set the temperature in server rooms to a minimum 24oC.

Manufacturers

  • Clean roof lights to reduce the need for artificial lighting. Also consider detectors to automate and control lighting; this will provide potential savings and generate a reduction in CO2 emissions.
  • Check any air compressor units and repair leaks to reduce unnecessary wastage. This offers a very rapid return on investment and by monitoring for leaks, you can continue to reap the energy benefits.
  • If your processes are motor intensive consider variable speed drives to reduce consumption. This reduces waste by ensuring no more energy than necessary is used in these processes.
  • Review machinery start up procedures to decrease “maximum demand”. This gives you more scope to renegotiate your tariff with your energy supplier.

Finally, create an energy management policy to monitor and drive consumption downwards. This should focus on increasing efficiency, reducing consumption and generating a real on-going return on investment. Remember to get this assessed independently.

We are proud to have produced this guide for the Leeds Chamber of Commerce. For a free consultation call 0845 505 0255 or email us here.

Visit our website to discover the range of money and carbon saving services we provide.

 

We’ll Save you Double your Fee!

WOULD YOU LIKE an in-house energy manager for a year, significantly reducing your utility cost by up to a quarter?  Our trained and experienced energy professionals guarantee to save you at least twice our very reasonable fee in the first year or your money back.

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Mandatory Carbon (GHG) Reporting Rules for Listed Companies

PASCHALi considers the implications of the government’s new greenhouse gas reporting rules for listed companies

Soon to be released new regulations that fall under the Companies Act 2006 (Strategic and Directors’ Reports) Regulations 2013 will mean that all businesses listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange will be required to report their annual emissions in their directors’ report.

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Half price Consultancy Fees through MAS!

The Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) is halving our consultancy costs so we can help reduce your energy bills.
PASCHALi is seeking manufacturing organisations who want to reduce their energy consumption and spend.   We can identify the best options to improve your premises and working practices. PASCHALi is one of only a handful of energy experts working with MAS  – and we guarantee to find you thousands of pounds worth of savings on your energy, waste and water bills.

Our audit process is rapid and effective,  with very low effort for you … and currently half price!

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Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) here to stay or all change again!?

The Government has confirmed it is significantly changing around 46 aspects of the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme. It has promised to thoroughly review the effectiveness of the CRC again in three years’ time.  Crucially, all existing and potential participants will need still to register from April 2013 for Phase 2.
The Environment Agency is continuing to conduct its compliance audits and non-compliance is being identified in between a third to half of cases!

The following will be implemented in time for this year’s submission:

  • CRC allowances will be £12 per tonne of carbon dioxide (tCO2) in 2013/2014 rising to £16/tCO2 the following year. After that prices will rise in line with the Retail Price Index
  • only two fuels will need to be reported – gas used for heating and electricity
  • 100% of fuel will now need to be reported but there will be a 2% threshold, so organisations using a small amount of gas for heating don’t need to report it
  • there are to be restrictions regarding when and how Electricity Generating Credits (EGCs) can be used
  • the deadline for surrender of allowances (not purchasing!) will be extended to the end of October to allow more time to complete the sale process
  • the performance league table is being abolished but emissions data will still be published
  • some domestic electricity and gas supplies are now excluded

From March 2014 all the remaining proposals will be implemented including these amendments:

  • responsibility for compliance with CRC will transfer from the landlord to the tenant if there is a 30 year lease or longer
  • state funded schools will be exempt
  • trusts will be treated differently
  • unmetered supplies will now be included

The Government estimates that changes to the CRC will save approximately £272 million for participants; but those who have already jumped through all the hoops are arguing they would rather stick with the devil they know!

Updated guidance on Phases 1 and 2 of CRC is expected end of February/early March 2013.

If you have views on the CRC changes, why not let us know?  We’ll report them back in our blog in the future.

PASCHALi has advised companies such as the Royal Mail and Regus offices on their CRC obligations.  We can help you with the latest round of changes and also advise on low cost ways to significantly reduce your energy spend and corresponding CRC charges.  If you want to know how an expert consultant can support your in-house resource, saving you time, cost and potential mistakes, read more here.

Renewable energy system saves £thousands!

This faith community reached its full year target for generating solar power from new panels on its roof three months early and saved thousands of pounds, thanks to PASCHALi Greener Working Solutions. The consultant had just a few weeks to advise on how to create renewable solar energy, and get the system installed on tight deadlines just as Government tariffs changed!

The aim was to reduce energy consumption for this community building serving 350 families, advising on which renewable energy options would be most efficient. PASCHALi helped select the best solution available, guiding and advising regarding a maze of products, contractors and planning regulations. The Board opted for a 10kWp solar PV panel installation on the roof, with Protech Solar Systems as the chosen contractor.

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Energy savings of 62% for Grade II listed building

“With PASCHALi’s help we have been able to identify and implement cost savings which far outweighed the initial capital.” Katherine Hutt, Finance Manager, Swarthmore.
ONE OF THE BEST facilities for arts education in West Yorkshire, the Swarthmore Education Centre, offers professional qualifications in therapeutic counselling, life-drawing, pottery, jewellery, stained glass and sculpture courses, maths, English and I.T for people with learning disabilities, those seeking to develop their skills or looking for employment, families, children and the region’s wider population,
The centre is a charity, which operates out of a Grade II listed building made up of six four-storey houses in the centre of Leeds. As part of a grant application for a new roof, PASCHALi was appointed to carry out an energy audit. We identified energy saving opportunities of circa 62% with a significant amount of these realised with very little outlay – pretty much instantaneously!

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12 Green days of Christmas

On green day 1 of Christmas my consultant sent to me
20% off the cost of energy (and other utilities!)

On green day 2 of Christmas my consultant sent to me
Two solar systems (PV and Thermal) and 20% off the cost of energy

On green day 3 of Christmas my consultant sent to me
Three car-shares, Two solar systems and 20% off the cost of energy

On green day 4 of Christmas my consultant sent to me
Four switched off computers, Three car-shares
Two solar systems and 20% off the cost of energy

On green day 5 of Christmas my consultant sent to me
Five smart energy meters,
Four switched off computers, Three car-shares
Two solar systems and 20% off the cost of energy

 

On green day 6 of Christmas my consultant sent to me
Six unplugged phone chargers, Five smart energy meters
Four switched off computers, Three car-shares
Two solar systems and 20% off the cost of energy.

On green day 7 of Christmas my consultant sent to me
Seven (thousand) CRC Energy Saving Scheme Allowances
Six unplugged phone chargers, Five smart energy meters
Four switched off computers, Three car-shares
Two solar systems and 20% off the cost of energy

On green day 8 of Christmas my consultant sent to me
Eight pallets of biomass wood pellets
Seven (thousand) CRC Energy Saving Scheme Allowances
Six unplugged phone chargers, Five smart energy meters
Four switched off computers, Three car-shares
Two solar systems and 20% off the cost of energy

On green day 9 of Christmas my consultant sent to me
Nine recycling bins, Eight pallets of biomass wood pellets
Seven (thousand) CRC Energy Saving Scheme Allowances
Six unplugged phone chargers, Five smart energy meters
Four switched off computers, Three car-shares
Two solar systems and 20% off the cost of energy

On green day 10 of Christmas my consultant sent to me
Ten Greener Working Champions
Nine recycling bins, Eight pallets of biomass wood pellets
Seven (thousand) CRC Energy Saving Scheme Allowances
Six unplugged phone chargers, Five smart energy meters
Four switched off computers, Three car-shares
Two solar systems and 20% off the cost of energy

On green day 11 of Christmas my consultant sent to me
Eleven types of LED light fitting
Ten Greener Working Champions, Nine recycling bins
Eight pallets of biomass wood pellets
Seven (thousand) CRC Energy Saving Scheme Allowances
Six unplugged phone chargers, Five smart energy meters
Four switched off computers, Three car-shares
Two solar systems and 20% off the cost of energy

On green day 12 of Christmas my consultant sent to me
A Twelve month report of GHG emissions
Eleven types of LED light fitting, Ten Greener Working Champions
Nine recycling bins, Eight pallets of biomass wood pellets
Seven (thousand) CRC Energy Saving Scheme Allowances
Six unplugged phone chargers, Five smart energy meters
Four switched off computers, Three car-shares
Two solar systems and 20% off the cost of energy.

Confused or overwhelmed?  Our experts can make it simple. PASCHALi wishes you a happy Christmas
To save money, lower your carbon footprint and ensure accurate and efficient legislative reporting, pick up the phone for Greener Working Solutions. Barry Paschali or Jared King will be delighted to help on:
 0845 505 0255

or visit our website for more information.

Free, impartial advice to cut your business costs

PASCHALi can give you Free, impartial advice to cut business costs, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). PASCHALi is now seeking just 9 more firms or organisations to take part, absolutely free and discover the best options to improve their premises and working practices. And PASCHALi is one of only a handful of expert companies carrying out the assessments in the region with CO2 Sense, the not-for-profit low carbon expert company. Call us on freephone 0845 505 0255 to find out if you are eligible.

Free environmental audit saves £2,970 and cuts bills by a quarter

Boxer warehouse landscapeMAY WE TELL YOU ABOUT BOXER gift manufacturer – who is saving thousands of pounds on their energy and waste bills? The free grant scheme they’ve enjoyed offers bespoke, expert engineering advice to slash costs – funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF.) This design-manufacturer of fun gifts is also a distributor across the UK and Ireland. When we met them, their premises had single glazed windows and the boiler was old and not fit for purpose. Recent utility bills were £12,650, with a consumption of 206,170 kWh.

Call us on freephone 0845 505 0255 to find out if you’re eligible to apply for a fully funded audit to start your business saving money.
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