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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Developing an overarching buildings’ energy strategy across Royal Mail’s 2,500 estate portfolio.
As part of targeted carbon reduction, PASCHALi helped create a pathway to implement operational and physical interventions. This included integrating and reviewing policies and specifications on heating, ventilation and lighting systems, building management controls, the use of CHP and how equipment is used. Continue reading →
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.