Energy

Renewable Energy

Why?

Switching to a renewable energy supplier is one of the quickest ways to reduce your organisation’s carbon footprint. Making the switch is simple, there are many online services that allow you to quickly and easily compare green energy tariffs to get the best deal, and start saving money on your energy bills.

Installing renewable energy to power your business offers further financial savings and helps reduce your carbon footprint.

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How?

All of the Big 6 energy companies now offer a green tariff, making switching to renewable energy simple. Which? weighed up the best green energy suppliers for 2020. Read their review here.

Go one step further and install solar photovoltaic panels on your buildings. You can attach panels to your roof and/or sides of your buildings. Devon’s solar potential soars above the UK average. The Green Business Watch has a comprehensive guide to installing solar PV for commercial and domestic use, which you can find here.

If you have the space wind power is an alternative way to generate renewable electricity. Turbines larger enough to generate a viable amount of energy require multiple acres of building free land.

There are many more renewable options such as solar thermal, ground source heat pumps, hydroelectric power and biomass systems. The Devon Energy Partnership are a great source of advice and guidance to help organisations cut costs, reduce waste and improve your energy efficiency.

Energy Efficiency

Why?

Increasing the energy efficiency of buildings is a key step in reducing your organisation’s carbon footprint. Almost a third of small firms highlight the cost of energy as a barrier to the growth and success
of their business. Finding energy
efficiency savings is the single best way of reducing these costs over the long-term.

How?

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has created a fantastic guide designed for SME’s looking to reduce its energy consumption. It has ideas relevant to community groups and organisations too. It covers everything from heating, lighting and equipment. The full guide can be accessed here.

The Energy Saving Trust provides advice and guidance for all businesses big or small on how to increase energy efficiency throughout the supply chain. You can access their services here.