Do you know how energy efficient you are?

August 23, 2013

imagesCA1RVZ5IThe Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have published proposals to encourage businesses to implement energy-saving measures in their premises.

If your firm has more that 250 employees you will be obliged to carry out an energy-saving assessment to investigate how you can cut your energy consumption.

This new requirement may be very beneficial to businesses.  The DECC believes organisations can invest on average of £15,000 a year into energy efficiency measures and make savings to up to £56,400 on fuel bills per annum.

Is this just a red tape initiative?  Is this just a government excuse for us to fill out more forms?

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is part of the UK’s implementation of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive; the government says this one is firmly down to Brussels.

Climate change minister Greg Barker said: “Effective energy efficiency means cutting out waste and increasing profits. These new energy saving assessments will help our largest firms identify where money can be saved by installing energy efficiency measures. The potential benefits of cutting down on energy waste are significant – £56,400 savings per year on the energy bills of the average large business, and £1.9bn benefits to the UK as a whole.”

If you would like any further information regarding these new proposals and carrying out a review of your businesses energy-saving measures, please feel free to contact Andrew Squires: we will be happy to discuss options to reduce your energy costs.

 The consultation on ESOS proposals will run until 3 October 2013. The consultation document can be found online at