ENWORKS has worked with the Department of Energy and Climate Change to produce a new energy efficiency guide designed for SMEs with limited resources or experience with energy management.
Drawing on its 15 years of experience of working with SMEs to improve energy and resource efficiency, ENWORKS, part of the Business Growth Hub, has found that the average SME could reduce its energy bill by 18-25 per cent by installing low or no cost energy efficiency measures.
The new guide has been developed to enable SMEs with little or no experience in energy management to take simple steps to become more energy efficient and reduce energy consumption, with all of the measures signposted paying back in less than two years.
It also sets out top tips on how to engage staff, signposts to support available from government and the wider market, and includes a list of FAQs for those wanting to find out more.
Beyond just reducing energy bills, the guide outlines that SMEs able to demonstrate improved energy efficiency also benefit from:
- Increased productivity
- Ability to win new contracts, especially with the public sector
- Attracting and retaining the right quality of staff
- A more comfortable working environment
- Increased competitiveness
- Reduced exposure to future energy price rises
- Improved cash flow
- Contributing to wider benefits to society through reduced emissions
‘Barrier to growth’
John Allan, national chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), said: “Almost a third of small firms highlight the cost of energy as a barrier to the growth and success of their business.
“Finding energy efficiency savings is the single best way of reducing these costs over the long-term. Small businesses need all the support and information they can get to help make these savings wherever possible.”
To download the full guide, click here.