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Free Energy Audits for East Sussex SMEs
All Energy Audits have now been allocated. If you would like help deciding which measures it would be most beneficial to apply for a grant to install however, please feel free to call us on 01273 964239.
Free Energy Audits by a qualified commercial Energy Assessor are available to SMEs* based in East Sussex (excluding Brighton & Hove) that spend over £1,500 on energy per year. The Energy Audit will provide you with recommendations for energy and cost saving initiatives at your premises.
Why should I have an Energy Audit?
An Energy Audit will provide you with an impartial, expert assessment of how energy is used at your premises as well as recommendations for initiatives to reduce consumption and spend.
Typical areas the audit will assess include:
- The type of lighting used in the premises and if more energy efficient alternatives are available
- How heating and cooling systems are managed, reviewing settings and control types
- Insulation levels to see where heat loss could be reduced
- The type of energy used to run the premises, and if cheaper or lower carbon fuels or renewables are appropriate
- How equipment and machinery is used, and if savings can be made through more efficient operation
Recommendations will be prioritised by payback period – the time it takes to recoup the cost of implementing an initiative through the money saved on your energy bills. The audit will also show you how energy efficient your building is compared with properties of similar structure and use.
What does the Energy Audit involve?
The Energy Audit will be carried out by a qualified and registered Non-Domestic Energy Assessor. They will undertake a thorough survey of the property using measurements and photographs and assessing lighting, heating and insulation systems, the building construction type and its usage, to create your Audit Report.
An audit typically takes around 2 hours (occasionally longer for larger or more complex buildings) and the Energy Assessor will need to be accompanied at all times (a good opportunity to ask questions and get immediate feedback).
Before the Energy Audit you will be asked to complete a straight-forward questionnaire to provide the Energy Assessor with some initial information to help them plan their visit. If available, floor-plans for the building are also useful. The audit is a visual inspection and so not invasive of the structure of the building.
Grants up to £1,000
Thanks to East Sussex County Council, grants of up to £1,000 are available to help you install the energy saving initiatives recommended in you Audit Report. Full details.
How do I book an Energy Audit?
Please first check that your business meets the eligibility criteria (see below) then contact us on 01273 964239 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Am I an SME and eligible for a free Energy Audit?
An SME is defined as a small or medium sized business or social enterprise that:
- Has fewer than 250 employees;
- Has a turnover less than £35 million; and
- Is not owned by a group or company that does not meet these criteria.
You must spend over £1,500 a year (excluding VAT, unless you are unable to reclaim it) on energy at the premises where you are applying to have the Energy Audit (excluding fuels for transport).
This premises must be in the East Sussex County Council local authority area and pay business rates (or council tax for care homes) to an East Sussex billing authority (District or Borough Council). Brighton & Hove based businesses are not eligible. Charities (unless they have a clear trading operation) and public sector organisations are not eligible.