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“The energy auditor showed us how to adjust the settings to most efficiently run our heating system as well as explained the benefits of low-cost measures such as draught proofing.”
Judith Brown, The Sheldon Hotel, Eastbourne

Energy Efficiency Funding that’s Escaped Austerity Measures

Asides from the recently headline hitting Feed-in-Tariffs, there are still a number of funding and support schemes available to businesses keen to improve their energy efficiency and reduce costs. For the time strapped business it is about knowing where to look!

Renewable Heat Incentives are payments for organisations that generate heat for their premises and hot water through their own renewable energy system (Feed-in-Tariffs are payment for renewable electricity generation). Payments are per metered kWh of heat generated and eligible technologies include biomass boilers, solar thermal panels and ground source heat pumps. www.decc.gov.uk/rhi

Enhanced capital allowances are a form of tax relief for investment in energy (or water) efficient equipment. Businesses are able to write off the full purchase and installation cost against their taxable profit in the financial year they made the investment. Loss making companies can also claim a payment from the government. A list of eligible technologies, which includes boilers, lighting and pipework insulation, can be found at http://etl.decc.gov.uk.

Sustainable Routes is a European funded project which provides grants of 33%, up to £1,000, of the cost of projects that reduce transport related CO2 emissions. Video conferencing equipment, bike shelters and vehicles conversions are all eligible. www.sustainableroutes.co.uk

To promote the uptake of electric and low carbon vehicles the government has introduced a 20% grant, up to £8,000, for businesses purchasing a van with ultra-low emissions. Eligible vehicles will be announced shortly. www.dft.gov.uk/topics/sustainable/olev/plug-in-van-grant

Though Low Carbon Essentials, also European funded, businesses can take advantage of a free energy audit of their premises or a feasibility study to see if their site is suitable for renewable energy, or attend a UTILISE Workshop. UTILISE helps businesses understand their bills and find areas for savings at their premises through energy, waste and water management. Workshop’s are being held across the South East in 2012.
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STEM is an environmental management system (EMS) accreditation scheme. An EMS is a documented approach to identifying and improving environmental performance. STEM is free for small and medium sized businesses until end 2012 and achieving Blue, Silver or Gold accreditation is a great way to demonstrate environmental commitment, for such as public sector tenders. http://tinyurl.com/STEM-EMS

Utilise Plus Event Report: ‘Future of Solar’ Networking Breakfast, Lewes

Delegates made their way to Lewes on a sunny morning in March for the Sustainable Business Partnership CIC’s networking breakfast, on the theme of the future of solar. This event was part of the SBP CIC’s ongoing Utilise Plus programme which helps small and medium sized enterprises to reduce their energy use, saving them money […]
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Utilise Plus Case Study: Whitgift Sports Club

Whitgift Sports Club, based in South Croydon, received a £5,000 Utilise Plus grant in December 2018 for their heating and hot water project. The Utilise Plus programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and helps small and medium sized enterprises to reduce their costs and environmental impact by saving energy. Whitgift offers […]
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