Win up to £10,000 from energy-saving expert Utility Bidder

Utility Bidder is offering the chance for a care home to win back last year’s energy spend up to the value of £10,000. Visit www.utilitybidder.co.uk/free-energy for more information and terms and conditions. Don’t just save money on your energy, enter to win it for free.

The deadline for entries is September 30. Click here to enter.

Utility Bidder is a consultancy that aims to help business customers save energy and find the best energy deals.

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The company says that to keep businesses running efficiently in the care industry, it is important that energy outgoings are analysed to see where savings can be made, but where do you start? Utility Bidder, energy consultancy, offer top tips of how to become more energy efficient in a few simple steps.

Energy can be a substantial outgoing for businesses in care industry and the cost of both gas and electricity on the rise, it is important now more than ever to thoroughly investigate how to reduce energy expenditure.

Firstly, the best way to start is by finding out where most of your electricity is being consumed. Many energy suppliers sell energy monitors, and it may be that you could gain one for free. If not, there are many at extremely competitive prices online. This can then be used as a reference point once your energy efficiency scheme has commenced.

Once you have gained information on your current energy consumption, you can start implementing ways to reduce your energy. Set an achievable goal and share it with your staff. By getting them involved with the process you can work together as a team to reach targets, also, they may provide you with valuable ideas of how his can be reached.

Lighting is a great place to start as it is responsible for a large amount of energy consumption, therefore, it is a good idea to replace any inefficient lighting. Replacing older systems with LEDs can be a good way to reduce energy consumption along with lowering maintenance costs.

Look at other sources that are being used, fridges, cookers and air conditioning are all high energy users. Upgrading to newer models that use less energy to run may be a large initial cost to the business, but you will see the difference in your consumption and in time it is likely they will pay for themselves in the amount you have saved in energy.

Once this is underway, it is time to look at those business energy bills. Combining energy saving with lower energy bills could reduce your energy outgoings significantly. If you are entered into a agreement that is not competitive you could be paying well above market average for your electricity and/or gas. Utility Bidder have put together five top tips to ensure you enter the correct contract for your business.

Utility Bidder’s top 5 tips for the care industry to get the best energy deal:

  1. Check your contract end date for your utilities – Around six months before your contract end date you should start thinking about your options. You may be signed to an energy contract for two to three years however if no action is taken you could enter variable contract rates – notoriously the most expensive tariffs energy suppliers offer.
  2. Check your renewal prices – Renewal prices may be more expensive than your current rate. Care establishments use a large amount of energy so investigate other energy providers to try and get a lower rate on your energy.
  3. Shop around –You must make sure the company you have chosen to use is a reputable one. Check customer ratings and see what other businesses have to say about the supplier. Also, take into account current deals that could be beneficial to your business in the long run. If using a consultant, take advantage of energy market knowledge and expertise within this field – make the most of your middle man.
  4. You are not a number – different businesses have different needs, therefore your energy contracts need to reflect this. Make sure that you get most beneficial package for you and understand that you have the buying power.
  5. Nearly four million energy consumers have been overcharged by their energy suppliers in the last year due to billing errors. The research has identified that errors have cost consumers £270 million – an average of £72 per person affected. Many consumers aren’t realising when they are being overcharged; it was recently found that 60% of consumers don’t understand their energy bills. The largest attribute for the errors was down to the wrong tariff or product details being applied (36 per cent). Other mistakes included an incorrect fee being applied (31 per cent), charged twice for the same product (21 per cent) and the bill didn’t correctly add up (19 per cent).

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