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Big business shows small firms advantages of green energy

Posted: 6th February 2017

Small businesses are being encouraged to switch to green energy after Google and Apple announced plans to reach a 100% renewable energy target as part of RE100.

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RE100 is a global collaborative initiative of 83 of the world’s most influential companies. As well as Google and Apple, its partners include IKEA, Adobe, and Diageo.

Growing business case for green energy

There are compelling business and environmental reasons why small businesses should join this growing green energy wave, says UK energy and water consultancy Chamber Energy Solutions.

“Switching to renewable tariffs is the biggest and easiest step small firms can take to show their commitment to the environment. You just switch to green energy and that’s it,” said Marketing Manager Tony HItchens from Utilitywise.

“Other benefits include the huge dent renewable tariffs make in your company’s carbon footprint. It sends a strong message to customers that you care about the environment.

Reduce consumption for double benefits

Chamber Energy Solutions’ Long-Term Forecast shows that, in the next five years, electricity costs will increase by nearly 40%. There are plenty of actions small firms can take immediately, from encouraging employees to switch off items not in use to changing to energy efficient lightbulbs.

Support to deliver energy savings

In addition to the many tips and information available online, small businesses can use energy brokers to help them take further energy-saving steps.

Chamber Energy Solutions, for example, offers an energy and water audit that helps businesses to identify where savings can be made and prioritise energy and water saving projects with the best return on investment.

Its free smart technology, Utility Insight SmartDash*, is a monitoring and reporting system that helps businesses achieve efficiencies in gas, electricity and water by becoming more energy conscious.

Get Utility Insight SmartDash for free when you buy an energy contract through Chamber Energy Solutions, which offers competitively priced energy from the main suppliers. Its network also includes suppliers that specialise in green energy.

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