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5 essential steps of a basic energy procurement strategy

Energy procurement can be a complex task and developing a strategy to manage this process requires the manager to have a high level of knowledge on the matter. However, organisations that wish to keep their financial costs under control should be sitting down to develop a cost-cutting energy procurement strategy. For businesses which are beginning … Continued

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Energy industry to benefit from reduction of ‘red tape’

The energy industry will be one of the industries which is set to have regulations and red tape reduced in order to boost activity, the Government has announced. The Business Secretary, Sajid Javid, announced that the energy, waste, mining, agriculture, and care sector will benefit from the £10bn savings that will be generated from the … Continued

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What businesses need to know about P272

Ofgem, the UK’s energy regulator, is changing the way business energy consumption is measured and billed. Their new regulation, P272, will be enforced in April 2016 and from then suppliers must use half-hourly data to settle the supplies of large businesses. This date has been pushed back from the original date and some of the … Continued

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Facilities Managers struggling to implement sustainability policies

A recent survey of facilities managers in the UK shows that many of them are struggling to implement new sustainability policies. The survey carried out by the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) found that confidence in sustainability planning had fallen sharply. Out of the 309 facilities managers surveyed 40% said they felt ‘very good’ … Continued

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3 alternative routes to ESOS compliance

We’re now almost into the final six months of the first ESOS compliance period. By the 5th of December 2015 all businesses which meet the compliance threshold are required to have completed their assessments. The official assessment requires companies to record all their energy consumption and identify ways to reduce it (which is then signed … Continued

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How Housing Association tenants can reduce their energy bills

Business Cost Consultants help organisations in all sectors reduce their energy costs; however one sector we’ve developed a speciality for is the social housing sector. When we reduce costs for a housing association we are only responsible for the commercial premises such as the offices or shared areas, such as hallways. The tenants are usually … Continued

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Housing Associations prefer solar power over other green technologies

Recent research has shown that solar power is the preferred green technology of the low-cost housing association sector. According to research carried out by the National House-Building Council (NHBC) Foundation two-thirds of housing associations have experimented with sustainable technologies, with 75% of those organisations saying solar was the option they would most likely use again. … Continued

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How to avoid a dispute with your energy supplier

An energy dispute is a stressful situation for any business to find themselves in. We at Business Cost Consultants have successfully resolved disputes worth thousands of pounds and whilst in most cases the supplier was handling the account irresponsibly, we have come across disputes which could have been avoided if the consumer had been more … Continued

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Amber Rudd appointed as new Energy Secretary

A week on from the Conservative’s majority win at the General Election, David Cameron has announced his cabinet. The appointment which was of the most importance to the utility industry is that of the new Energy Secretary, Amber Rudd. Generally speaking, Amber Rudd’s appointment has been well received. She is respected by green businesses and … Continued

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