Could we be facing blackouts this winter?


How much energy we use is at the forefront of energy news, following recent issues with the electricity supply from National Grid.

November saw National Grid making an urgent call for businesses to reduce their use of electricity, to help avoid the risk of blackouts. The call came about following multiple breakdowns at UK power stations, which left a shortfall in electricity.

This saw National Grid having to put in place one of its new powers designed to prevent power cuts. The demand side balancing reserve (DSBR) saw companies, which have signed a contract to say they will take part in the demand reduction scheme, agree to turn down the amount of power they were using by 40 megawatts.

Although this has removed the immediate threat of blackouts this winter, the question remains how can this be prevented from happening again? A question we’re sure will be discussed during the UN climate conference in Paris this month, where the amount and type of energy we use is a hot topic.

Helping our customers to understand how they can reduce the amount of energy they use and to become more efficient is part of the service we provide. We’re not only an energy supplier; we also offer a range of energy services which help our customers to reduce costs, carbon emissions and their impact on the environment.

From boiler checks, to making sure they’re compliant, to installing solar panels and charging points for electric vehicles, we can do it all.

We’ve put together a few useful energy efficiency tools and tips which can be used by businesses large and small. These can help them to help reduce their energy bills and (if they are eligible) the amount of money they have to pay as part of their Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) obligation. Something as easy as installing a new boiler can help to reduce energy bills by 25% *.

*Estimated savings figure is based on installing a new A-rated boiler with 98% efficiency compared to an older boiler operating at 70%-74% efficiency (typically an F-rated boiler). Savings will vary depending on the size and thermal performance of the building.

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