100 businesses have registered for help with their energy costs getting advice on issues such as how heating and lighting are being used, controlled, maintained and also how well premises are insulated.
25 of those businesses have already received grants to the total value of £150,000 for more energy efficient lighting, heating, fast shutting warehouse doors, variable speed drives, air compressors, insulation, sky lights to allow natural daylight, a gas management system, voltage optimisation and more.
The 100 businesses have all signed up for the project in the last year which is a 1st birthday gift for the Resource Efficient Worcestershire programme as it celebrates a year of business support, since its launch in April 2013.
Julie Young (Managing Director) of Adstone Construction Ltd said, "The free assessment identified that we could literally save £1'000s each year on our lighting costs with more efficient upgrades and there is a clear businesses case to do this with the grant support. Furthermore, the assessment also identified savings with voltage optimisation and new machinery/upgrades which can also be supported by the grant. Businesses have nothing to loose by applying and we have certainly gained fresh insight on savings that can be made".
The programme which helps Worcestershire Businesses to save money by reducing energy, waste and water can offer grants, which are available for a wide variety of energy, waste and water efficiency projects and can also be obtained for replacing older machinery with more energy efficient equipment.
The average savings recommended by advisors are £9,000 and 37 tonnes of CO2 per year, per business.
To be eligible for an assessment or grant, a business must be located in and trading from Worcestershire, employ fewer than 250 people and have a turnover of fewer than 50 million Euros (approximately £40 million). Businesses sectors that are not eligible for support include agriculture, retail, businesses that primarily serve the public, social welfare and education.
Resource Efficient Worcestershire is managed by Worcestershire County Council in partnership with Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce and is part funded by the West Midlands European Regional Development Fund programme.
Register for an assessment by calling 01905 822833 or visit www.business-central.co.uk/rew