Behaviour change 'could cut business energy costs by 9%'

Behaviour change 'could cut business energy costs by 9%'

Behaviour change 'could cut business energy costs by 9%'

Companies that are willing to make some significant behavioural changes could reduce their energy costs by nine per cent on average, according to npower Business Solutions.

With environmental concerns still high on the political agenda, there is ongoing pressure on businesses - from the government and ordinary members of the public alike - to show that they are working towards minimising their carbon footprint and maximising their efficiency.

There are many things companies can do to improve their green credentials, from switching to efficient technologies in the office to using the right service providers, such as eco-friendly cleaning firms.

According to npower Business Solutions, making some significant changes in behaviour can deliver big financial benefits, as well as showing that businesses are doing their bit to help the environment.

The firm has started using behaviour analysts dubbed 'carbon psychologists', who have reportedly delivered savings of £26 million so far for UK businesses.

These experts work directly with employees to alter their energy habits and implement new ways of working, with the aim of reducing power consumption and boosting efficiency in the workplace.

They differ from consultants in that they take a more personal, psychological approach, looking at the factors underpinning staff behaviour and designing campaigns to bring about significant change.

Phil Griffiths, carbon psychologist at npower Business Solutions, said: "It often surprises businesses to find out that non-technical savings are usually greater than technical savings.

"Through learning about your energy habits, it is easy to make subtle, low-cost and effective changes to help keep down your energy bills. It's already produced clear and proven benefits for firms, big and small, saving businesses we have worked with over £26 million."

The carbon psychologist programme became a feature of the npower group following the energy supplier's April 2015 acquisition of RUMM, a specialist energy management firm whose solutions focused on aims such as reducing power consumption in the workplace.

Since it was launched, the scheme has provided customers with energy savings of over £52 million, which equates to more than 339,000 tonnes of carbon.

Last month, npower Business Solutions released a report indicating that many British companies were supportive of planned changes to some key aspects of the energy sector.

The government is planning to replace the existing compensation arrangements for the Renewables Obligation (RO) and Feed in Tariff (FiT) initiatives with a new exemption scheme.

Just over half (51 per cent) of the firms surveyed said backdating compensation would help businesses stay competitive.

A similar proportion (54 per cent) of respondents were unaware of the government's plans regarding the RO and FiT schemes, both of which are designed to encourage renewable energy investment and deployment.

David Reed, head of npower Business Solutions, said: "The proposed exemption would represent good news for the businesses and sectors which are eligible.

"Making regulatory processes more transparent and more straightforward would reduce the burden on businesses and would provide them with greater clarity about their finances."


Posted by Julie Tucker

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