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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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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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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!

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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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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.