October 24, 2011

SMEs failing on energy efficiency says E.ON

by Jan Harris

As part of its campaign to make British businesses energy fit, E.ON has warned that around four million of the 4.8 million small businesses in the UK are failing to implement energy efficiency measures.

According to E.ON’s research, this means that they are missing out on £7.7 billion every year.

SMEs could soon improve their energy efficiency by installing simple equipment in the workplace, the energy company says.

The research found that the vast majority of small businesses (86 per cent) don’t have lighting timers or motion sensors installed and 81 per cent don’t have energy monitors fitted.

Other areas where energy efficiency could easily be improved include making sure windows are closed when air conditioning or heating is on and installing smart meters.

Earlier this month E.ON launched a new ‘Energy Fit’ tariff, a two-year deal offering two months’ worth of energy for free, a free energy monitor and online energy efficiency advice.

While this sounds a good deal it’s worth checking the small print as Guardian blogger, Lisa Bachelor pointed out that customers who take up the offer won’t be eligible for the 8% direct debit discount ordinarily available to duel fuel customers.

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