According to research from npower, 53 percent of SMEs in the UK are not taking any steps to monitor their energy efficiency and, consequently, are likely to be spending more than they need to on energy costs. 18 percent were unable to say whether they had reduced their energy usage over the past year.
The research also found that amongst companies which do measure energy efficiency, half of them were able to achieve cost savings of up to 10 percent. Data from the Carbon Trust shows that SMEs have, on average, a potential energy saving opportunity of up to 20 percent, more than double that of larger businesses.
The npower research found that SMEs are placing an increasing importance on energy efficiency, giving it an average score of 6.7 out of 10 when asked to rate its significance to their organisation. This is an increase from the score of just over 5 which was recorded when the same research was carried out in 2005.
Patrick Harvey, head of customer loyalty at npower, said: “This year’s npower Business Energy Index found that for SMEs, the greatest driver for increasing energy efficiency is cost, rather than the environment. This is why it is surprising that so many are still not measuring the positive impact that implementing energy efficiency measures can have on their business.”
Further information on energy efficiency for businesses can be found at: www.npower.com/Business/SmartStart