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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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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.

Electric car charging

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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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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London to Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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.