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How can we tackle climate change?

What is climate change?

Climate change is the large-scale, and long-term change in the planets average temperatures and weather patterns. Humans have taken part in the release of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases since the mid-1800s. As a result of this, global temperatures are rising and causing long-term changes to the climate. These changes include rising sea levels as the glaciers and ice sheets melt, ocean acidification as carbon dioxide is absorbed into the ocean, and extreme weather events such as floods, heatwaves etc.

Nottingham is making a change

Nottingham has committed to becoming the first carbon-neutral city in the country by 2028. They have already reduced citywide CO2 emissions by above 41% since 2005. However, they still emitted 1.17 million tonnes of CO2 in 2017, meaning more work is still required.

How your business can help

  • Transition to renewable energy such as installing solar panels to power your office, which can reduce your electricity bill, protect you against the changing utility rates and help you to become a green business.
  • Electric vehicles, whether you switch over to them for your business fleet or install EV charging points to encourage staff to make the transition, electric vehicles will have a much better effect on the environment and can have a reduction in your transportation costs.
  • Keeping control over your waste and recycling as much as possible to avoid waste going to landfill, which is harmful to the environment.

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How to save money on energy for your care facility

Energy usage can’t be avoided for those in care facilities, but the costs can be reduced, and here is how:

Tariffs and contracts

Selecting the appropriate tariffs is vital to ensure that you’re paying for what is suited best to your business. They’re many tariffs to choose from such as standard, fixed energy, dual fuel and pre-payment, to name a few.

It’s also essential that you don’t end up on out of contract rates which are rates you have to pay when you haven’t signed a contract with your energy supplier. This can happen when you have told your supplier that you wish to terminate your contract but haven’t arranged another supplier for when the current deal ends. It can also happen if you’re trying to switch supplier and it takes longer than you had expected, meaning that your contract ends before you’ve been able to move over to a new supplier.

Heating your care facility

Making a switch to central gas heating from electric heaters can save you a lot. An electric heater can cost two-three times more per unit of heat than just one unit of heat from one of your radiators. Thermostatic radiator valves are devices which are fitted to the radiators and reduce the amount of water which passes through the radiator, enabling you to choose what temperature you want for each room.

Maintaining your care facility building

Keeping up on the maintenance of your care facility building such as ensuring the roof is well insulated. An uninsulated roof can lose a quarter of heat, by keeping on top of it can save you over £100 a year. Included in the maintenance of your care facility is taps. By having just one dripping cold tap fixed can save you as much as £100 on your water bill, and even more for a hot tap.

Also, ensuring the windows are closed, leaving open a window overnight can waste as much energy as a small car driving 35 miles.

Lighting around your care facility

Switch to LED lights. LED lights have a long lifespan, are energy-efficient, operate at full brightness the minute they’re turned on and have many more advantages. Changing to motion sensor lights will save money as it avoids the possibility of lights being left on when people have left a room.

Solar panels

Another option which can save you money is solar panels. Flame UK is in partnership with Amelio Solar Energy which means we can provide you with solar panels to help reduce your electricity bill. A reduction in your electricity bill isn’t the only advantage to solar panels; they are a renewable energy source and have low maintenance costs.

For any help and advice on the information in the blog, contact a helpful member of our team on 0115896 5460 or visit our website flameuk.co.uk

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How Flame UK can support Care Facilities

Managing waste and energy correctly for our Care Facility Partner is a priority to us. We share the same goals and aspirations as our Care Facility partners, ensuring you have the necessary support long term.  The nature of care is that waste is created and energy is used, but why should your business suffer.
How can Flame UK support Care Facilities?

Offensive & Clinical Waste

We understand that these waste streams are sensitive to care; we will support you to find the very best solution for your business.  We offer Orange, Tiger, Yellow and sharps waste services to suit your business and volumes.

General Waste

Do you know what items should only be disposed of as general waste? It’s polystyrene, floor sweepings, plastic bags and contaminated plastic packaging. No other type of waste should be included in your general waste. We offer a wide range of container sizes, service frequencies and technology to help reduce vehicle movements. Waste to energy is our preferred method, and we would always advise food waste be separated to lower your costs.

Food Waste

Collected as a separate waste stream, we will support you to put this in place and take advantage of lower processing costs. The food waste collected is treated and turned into energy and fertiliser.

Packaging

We can help you to become more efficient with packaging waste materials created from deliveries and food processing such as cans and plastic bottles.  We can offer you a solution that suits your business, whether that be large wheeled bins, or if your volumes are high, we can supply baling equipment.

Clearances

We can provide skips / large container or on-demand collection service for your large seasonal volumes of waste around Christmas, or clearances.  We can also offer electronic waste collections, mattress clearances and furniture clearances.

Wash Rooms

We can provide air fresheners, hand dryers, sanitary bins and services, soap dispensers or water management to help reduce your water usage. Flame UK can support you and complete a comprehensive service package.

Energy

Did you know that if you do your laundry at night, you will save money because of cheaper night tariffs? By choosing Flame UK to manage your energy, we will make sure that you know about all of the tips and tricks to saving money. Such as how you can switch to LED lights and get renewable and green energy at no additional cost, making your care home more energy-efficient.

Flame UK will ensure that you get the right contract for your care facility which is up to date with the latest energy compliance and that the supplier terms fit with your needs. You can even find out how much money you can save by using our price comparison. 

PAT Testing

PAT Testing may not be on everyone’s mind when it comes to compliance but it is crucial, not only to ensure that everyone remains safe and worry-free but to also conform with the below regulations:

  • Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974
  • The Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989
  • The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations of 1998
  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations of 1999

Electricity usage is unavoidable for care facilities, from powering lights, nurse call systems, CCTV systems, and so on. If poorly managed, it can have devastating effects.

PAT Testing involves the testing, both visual and full electrical tests, of all electrical appliances that are powered through the sockets and could cause any potential dangers. With our highly trained, professional team, Flame UK offer a reliable and cost-effective service that will ensure your business is compliant to the before-mentioned legislations.

Allow us to help you be sustainably strong in a competitive and developing market.

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What you need to know about MOP contracts.

What is a MOP contract?

A MOP (Meter Operator) agreement is a contract that’s separate from other electricity agreements where you will be invoiced directly from your Meter Operator. They provide a much more accurate measurement of your electricity consumption. This is then passed over to your chosen energy supplier or a DC/DA provider of your choice. MOP contracts are a legal requirement for those affected by P272 legislation. Or those with a half-hourly (HH) meter (when your meter transmits a read to your supplier every 30 minutes either via a sim card or hard phone line connection). A HH meter is a requirement for sites that have a maximum electricity demand of over 100KW.

Why choose a MOP contract?

If you don’t choose a MOP yourself, your supplier will provide one for you at their default cost – which can be double the price. So, instead of supplier estimates, you’ll receive more accurate prices for just the energy you use because your Meter Operator will be passing accurate data to your electricity supplier. Your Meter Operator will take care of all installation and maintenance requirements for your HH meter, including the communication line between you and your supplier or DC/DA (Data Collection and Data Aggregation, a mandatory service linked to your HH meter) so that data is being continuously passed on.

Contract length can range from 1 to 10 years, and costs can vary significantly based on the contract term.

If you have a Half-hourly meter (you can tell by having a look at your MPAN on your bill – there will be a ‘00’ within the top left box of the MPAN) and are not aware of these charges and are being charged a default rate by your supplier, please get in touch with our experts on 0115 896 5460. We’ll gladly help.

 

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The Future of Electricity Usage

As we move towards a low carbon economy, there will be fundamental shifts in the way that we all use electricity.  This presents opportunities for businesses that move quickly to reduce costs and gain competitive advantage…but it’s about thinking laterally.

In the first of a series of articles Richard Jones, Managing Director of EV Camel and of Amelio Solar Energy, explores some of the challenges and opportunities that will face business and also in our wider lives outside work.  He will also bust some common myths and misunderstandings as our pattern of energy usage changes.

For example, there is commonly thought to be a very limited supply of electricity in the UK, often alongside particular concerns around the move to electric cars.  However whilst we may have an electricity grid that is creaking at the seams in part, the National Grid seems quite comfortable that overall we produce enough electricity – the issue is really sorting out the peaks and troughs of contracted demand and actual demand.  Smoothing demand curves will enable us all to make better and more efficient use of electricity.

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Electric car charging

So what does the future hold for businesses?

There are opportunities to reduce bills through the use of Solar PV – as an example, a food producer paying £10,000 a month for electricity was found to be able to reduce electricity demand by up to 30% by investing in Solar PV – a significant reduction on business overheads.

Other opportunities lie in more flexible tariffs – businesses that can shift electricity usage to off-peak times could pay substantially less and in industries where margins are tight, innovative ways of doing this could prove pivotal to profitability.  Careful advice on such tariffs from experts such as FlameUK will be important in this respect.

Costs of electricity will rise, particularly at peak times and so the incentives to be more flexible as to times of electricity use will become increasingly important.

The Internet of Things (IoT) will assist with managing loads and intelligently shifting and managing demand peaks.  We are moving towards everything being ‘smart’…not just our phones but charging for our cars, our kettles and fridges.

Battery storage will also become more viable and important at both a grid and behind the meter level.

On the day that the Department for Transport produced its strategy towards the decarbonisation of the transport, it’s clear that vehicle manufacturers are rapidly moving into the delivery phase of the transition to electric vehicles.  In the UK, the company car tax regime will change from 1st April 2020 and many commentators see this as a pivotal moment in the transition process.  There will be challenges and opportunities as a result of this – the locations where we rest ourselves and refuel our vehicles will surely change and the British entrepreneurial spirit will create new possibilities with this.

Overall, the shape of electricity usage is set for a major step-change in the coming years and as ever the opportunities for businesses that are fleet of foot will be there for the taking.

For more information on the topics covered in this and subsequent articles please contact your usual contact at FlameUK.

Watch out for a more in-depth analysis of one of these issues from Richard Jones next time…

© R D H Jones; Amelio Solar Energy; EV Camel; 16.10.19

 

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Watt you can do to reduce your energy costs.

Did you read our blog – How can you save energy and water?

Now, we’re going to focus on energy and give you a few tips to how you can reduce your energy costs.

One of the easiest ways is to switch energy provider. It sounds like it will be a lot of hassle, but by using Flame UK, we will make sure that the process is easy and as hassle-free as possible. You can even get your energy comparison quote in under 90 seconds by clicking here.

Energy comparison quote

Energy comparison quote

Understand your business, and it’s requirements, Flame UK will look at a cost reduction plan in line with your future business aspirations. And you will be provided with an account manager so that you will have full support through your ongoing requirements.

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Allow and encourage staff to layer up in winter. In a three bedroom semi-detached house, turning down the heating just by one degree can save £85 – £90 a year, imagine what it would be in a place of work!

Thermostat

Thermostat

Do you clean your air conditioning filters? Replacing a dirty filter with a clean one can lower the energy used by your air conditioning, by between 5% – 15%.

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A final tip is to spend some time educating your employees on how to save energy. Encourage them to turn off appliances when they aren’t in use and explain the benefits of energy-saving.

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How can you save energy and water?

 

Want to know how you can save your energy and water? Well, keep reading. We’re going to share some easy every day changes you can make to help you save energy and water.

 

 

 

 

First off is a super easy one. Turn off your lights when the room isn’t in use, or when there is enough daylight to be able to see everything. It is that simple! Did you know that if you turn off just 4 lights every night for a year, you can save as much CO2 as produced by 20 car trips from London to Paris?

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Another great way to save energy is by opting for motion sensor lights. That way, you don’t need to remember to turn off the lights as you leave the room.

 

You could also switch over to energy-efficient bulbs. While they are more expensive than traditional bulbs, they do save you money because they last so much longer and use much less energy.

Typically, about 25%-80% less energy in fact!

 

 

 

 

One great way to save water at least twice a day per person is to make sure that you turn off your tap while brushing your teeth. This can save up to 3 or 4 gallons of water per person, per day. Did you know, 1 in 3 people leave the water running while brushing their teeth?

 

 

 

 

Another great way to save water is by not washing your dirty clothes until you have a full machine load by doing this you use less water and energy than you would in 2 half loads.

A final great way to save water in your workplace is to replace single-flush toilets with dual-flush toilets which allow you to choose whether you use a partial or full flush.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out how much we could help you save on your business energy by getting a comparison quote in under 90 seconds today!

 

Don’t forget to give us a like and a follow! And if you try any of our suggestions, let us know how you get on.

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How is the UK powered?

We have all heard about renewable energy, green energy and how low environmental impact energy can help power our businesses, we have even seen fields of solar panels and wind turbines but what exactly is that doing for us? How much power are these initiatives actually giving us?

For those of us that have Renewable Energy sources on our buildings the evidence is obvious, how much power we are generating and how that’s impacting on our bills and the energy we draw from the grid but for those who don’t the distance between renewable energy generation and the reliance on fossil fuels grows larger.

Sky new recently published an article that highlighted the sources of UK energy.

 

May was a good month for Renewable Energy!

Yes, it really was, in May the UK was powered for seven days without using any coal. This milestone has been achieved through the decades of investment in our renewable infrastructure.

Over 30% of the UK power in 2018 came from Renewable sources, installations of Hydro Power, Solar, Wind and Wave Power all contributing to achieving this great goal.

The UK main providers still have a reliance on Nuclear Power for almost 20% of its total power usage with Coal, Oil and ‘others’ making up less than 9%.

Coal power is the biggest loser from the data we can see and that trend is set to continue, the UK production of Coal has dropped dramatically and is anticipated to be less key in the UK’s power strategy year on year.

Freeze your Energy Prices

How you can freeze Energy Supplier price rises

With the constant barrage of Energy Supplier price increases, now is the time to act and freeze prices in their tracks.  If your business energy contracts is due within the next 12 months you can secure rates at April 2019 prices.  The best way to find the cheapest tariff is to switch to a new supplier who are keen to attract you as a new customer as not all suppliers will offer you favourable renewal rates.

Terminate existing contract

The whole process is very simple and can be completed in 3 simple steps, whereby Flame UK do all of the hard work for you to make the energy switch a painless and seamless transaction.  Firstly, it is imperative to provide sufficient notice to the incumbent supplier as without this they will roll your contract onto uncompetitive rates for a further 12 months.  We handle this whole process for you once we receive a letter of authority from you, so you can be guaranteed that the relevant notice is given in line with the suppliers terms and conditions allowing you the ability to move Suppliers.

Full Supplier Price Comparison

We then confirm all of your meter and consumption details with your current supplier to provide the most accurate and competitive rates for you.  Flame Uk obtain quotes directly from the suppliers and provide you with a full price comparison on all appropriate suppliers for your business along with different contract length options.  This is a totally free service and rates will be secured on your behalf once you have decided which contract would be best for you.

Transfer your meter and manage your contract

We then handle the whole switching package on your behalf to ensure a smooth and seamless transfer to your new supplier once your old contract ends.  Throughout the contract period we are always on hand to resolve any energy problems should they arise, rather than waiting in queue’s within Supplier call centres and you have a dedicated account manager at Flame Uk as your point of contact.

It couldn’t be a simpler way to save money on your utilities.  Call 0115 8965460 to discuss prices today.

 

 

 

 

 

Why CCL (Climate Change Levy) is Increasing

Why Is CCL (Climate Change Levy) increasing?

Depending on your supplier you may or may not have been advised yet about the increases in CCL that comes into effect on 1st April 2019.

Climate Change Levy (CCL) was originally set up as a form of taxation to encourage the more efficient use of energy and thereby reduce carbon dioxide emissions. This year’s increase represents the biggest increase seen since the introduction of the tax in 2016 as demonstrated in the table below.

Climate Change Levy main rates

Taxable commodity Rate from 1 April 2016 Rate from 1 April 2017 Rate from 1 April 2018 Rate from 1 April 2019
Electricity (£ per kilowatt hour (KWh)) 0.00559 0.00568 0.00583 0.00847
Natural gas (£ per KWh) 0.00195 0.00198 0.00203 0.00339
LPG (£ per kilogram (kg)) 0.01251 0.01272 0.01304 0.02175
Any other taxable commodity (£ per kg) 0.01526 0.01551 0.01591 0.02653

 

So why the huge increase?

To simplify the complex burden and administrative headache to users having at least 1 settled HH meter and using 6,000 Megawatt hours or more currently registered under CRC ( Carbon Reduction Commitment) it was announcement in the Budget 2016 that CRC would cease with the last report being submitted by the end of July 2019 and the final surrender of allowances in October 2019.  As CCL was already a simple form of taxation currently in place at this time measured on individual usage it seemed the most logical way to recoup the tax revenue lost by closing CRC .  Unfortunately, that now means all businesses will be eligible for the CCL increase and not just those that were registered under the current CRC obligation.

But why am I now paying a higher CCL charge when I never qualified for CRC payments?

Whilst some would argue that doesn’t seem fair, it is based on every businesses usage and therefore could be argued that this represents a lot fairer system, in the fact that larger users will be contributing the most based on their output usage and smaller users will be affected minimally.  CCL is purely a taxation for businesses, and this does not affect individuals and domestic use.

Definition of Domestic:

  • school and university residential accommodation for students and pupils
  • homes for the elderly and disabled
  • monasteries, nunneries, and similar religious communities
  • children’s homes
  • hospices
  • self-catering holiday accommodation
  • houses, flats or other dwellings
  • supplies to community heating schemes
  • armed forces residential accommodation
  • caravans
  • houseboats

Unfortunately this is an increase that will affect every business unless you fall into the exemption category of having Gas and Electricity supplies that are eligible to be charged at 5% VAT,  A Business using energy generated from renewable resources, A Business using electricity generated from qualifying CHP (combined heat and power)source, Businesses using energy in metallurgical and mineralogical processes.  In addition, if you have a CCA (Climate Change Agreement) in place then you will be eligible for discounts of up to 90% on electricity and 65% discount on gas of the CCL charge.

The best way to reduce your CCL charges is to reduce your consumption for your premises and to ensure you are aware of all charges when procuring your energy contracts. Monitoring your energy consumption is the starting point for an energy reduction program. If you would like further clarification on CCL or indeed would like to reduce your consumption either directly or in line with a CCA agreement, then please contact Flame UK on 0115 896 5460 and we can discuss various consumption reduction programs with you.