South Tyneside energy expert urges businesses to prepare for winter

Paul Cobb
Paul Cobb

South Tyneside’s Green Energy Advice Bureau business is urging North-East businesses to prepare for the colder months ahead now in order to avoid hefty commercial energy bills this autumn and winter.

Research by British Gas shows industrial manufacturers see an increase of 70 per cent in gas and 38 per cent of electricity usage in autumn to winter, while office gas and electricity bills increase by 63 per cent and 50 per cent respectively.

Paul Cobb, managing director at The Green Energy Advice Bureau, said: “Every year, we take the time to prepare our homes for the colder months but neglect to do the same for our business premises – often leading to unnecessarily large winter energy bills for businesses including retailers, manufacturers, schools and professional services.

“We’re working closely with our clients here in the North East and across the UK, to help them reduce costs over the colder months.

“Measures to reduce costs can include encouraging employees to turn off unnecessary lighting and machinery, keeping windows and doors closed to keep in the heat, reviewing historic energy bills to budget for the colder months and using energy-efficient lighting technologies.

“We want to increase knowledge about the often simple ways businesses can save energy while ensuring businesses are receiving cost-effective utility supplies.”

The Green Energy Advice Bureau is advising its customers to prepare now to reduce energy costs, from conducting an inspection of business premises to ensure heating systems are working efficiently ahead of the colder weather, to finding the most cost-effective tariffs for businesses.

Earlier this year, the company became the first brokerage in the UK to introduce a new, free dashboard system for customers, making energy management cheaper and easier for its business clients.

Utility Locker works with most existing monitoring equipment and metering systems such as smart meters and submetering systems and can be implemented quickly – removing the need to replace existing equipment – giving businesses a better indication of their energy costs.

Established in 2015, The Green Energy Advice Bureau aims to help businesses minimise their environmental impact, providing provides energy and water procurement, sustainability and energy management.