Majority of SMEs ‘neglecting energy efficiency’

Only a tenth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have reduced their energy usage in the last year. A new survey from ScottishPower shows these firms are making little progress […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Only a tenth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have reduced their energy usage in the last year.

A new survey from ScottishPower shows these firms are making little progress with energy saving, despite new technology making it cheaper and easier to cut costs and be more sustainable than ever before.

Currently, 60% of SME owners don’t think energy efficiency in the workplace is a key priority and half of them have no measures in place to improve in the area.

Only one in 10 SMEs perform energy audits to keep track of what they’re using each year.

ScottishPower is joining with energy efficiency experts The Carbon Trust to help its customers take control of their energy outgoings. They will do this by providing online tools and resources to show how important it is to save energy and how it can be done.

Richard Rugg, Managing Director of Programmes at the Carbon Trust, said: “Energy saving is an easy win. Cutting money off the bottom line is a great way to increase profitability. But although there is often a considerable opportunity to reduce overheads, in most companies this often gets overlooked.

“We look forward to working alongside ScottishPower to help their customers understand how to better take advantage of energy efficiency and become more sustainable businesses.”