Hello and welcome to my first blog as Energy Efficiency Advisor here at Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce. I began my role in October 2016 and am really enjoying visiting businesses to assist them in becoming more energy efficient through the Business Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP).
There is huge potential for improving energy efficiency across the UK and therefore reducing our carbon emissions. In fact, it has been widely reported that spending £6 billion on simple energy efficiency measures such as insulation could have the same impact as spending four times that amount on building a new nuclear power station (Mark Thrower, Energy in Buildings & Industry). Energy efficiency is no longer the preoccupation of just the very environmentally-conscious, it now just makes good business sense.
Here are my top reasons why your business should become more energy efficient:
· Increased profitability
- Any savings you make on your energy bills directly increases your business’ profitability.
· Increased resilience against rising fuel prices
- By ensuring your business is using energy as efficiently as possible, you are increasing your resilience against future energy price rises.
· An improved working environment
- Energy efficiency does not mean switching off the lights and heating! A workplace with energy efficient technology installed should be brighter and warmer than an environment with inefficient heating and lighting.
· Reduced environmental impacts
- By reducing your energy use you will be decreasing the carbon footprint of your business operations and therefore your environmental impacts.
· Good PR opportunity
- By reducing your carbon emissions, you can prove your business is doing its bit to help combat climate change.
My role is to help businesses identify how they can become more energy efficient and I will be highlighting some key areas to focus on for energy saving in subsequent blogs. A good starting point however is the Chamber’s new Sustainability Forum,
which will be held at Thorlux Lighting in Redditch on Thursday 9 February. The event is free to attend, will focus on energy efficient lighting and includes breakfast.
To find out more about the support offered through the Business Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP)
, please contact Worcestershire Business Central on 01905 677 888 and on one final festive note – ensure all lights and appliances are switched off and your heating is on the frost setting for the holiday period.
Have a great Christmas!
Energy Efficiency Advisor
Having graduated from Southampton University with a BSc in Geography, Liz went on to specialise in Climate Change and Sustainability by completing a MSc at Exeter University. Following her studies Liz obtained a role within the Climate Change and Energy Management Unit at Derby City Council and then returned to the South West to provide resource and energy efficiency advice to over 150 businesses as part of the Improving Your Resource Efficiency project, run by Serco. Liz joins the Chamber after a career break to travel the world and is employed on the EU funded Business Energy Efficiency Programme. Liz’s role involves helping businesses identify where energy savings can be made and assisting them to apply for grant funding to support improvements.