Small businesses support energy efficiency

New research found 90% small firms support energy efficiency, leading to calls for energy companies to offer greater energy efficiency support and investment.

Small businesses are already taking action on energy efficiency, according to a survey from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB): 58% said they had already taken small steps towards energy efficiency, such as installing energy efficient lighting and equipment. However, many said they were prevented from going further by a poor understanding of the options available (20%); and a lack of capital to invest (29%).

“Small businesses are really enthusiastic about energy efficiency and this desire should be capitalised on for the good of their business and the environment,” says John Allan, National FSB chairman.However, what our research does tell us is a simple ‘one-size fits-all’ approach will not work.”

What is missing for energy efficiency?

The FSB research showed that small business want energy suppliers to provide more support on how to consume less energy. Longer energy contracts in return for improved support and advice from energy suppliers were supported by 89% of the companies questioned.

SwitchMyBusiness.com backs such calls and already provides free guides, including on understanding energy efficiency ratings and cutting air conditioning costs.

Cost was the biggest incentive for business energy efficiency: 78% of FSB members said cutting energy costs was a motivator for energy efficiency. For immediate and straightforward savings, UK companies should look to compare business energy supplier. SwitchMyBusiness.com can cut business energy bills by up to 70% with exclusive supplier rates. You could save thousands with a call that takes less than five minutes.

But the FSB research also uncovered a growing trend for considerations other than energy savings. The majority of small businesses (70%) said the environment was an important motivator. Again, SwitchMyBusiness.com is a strong supporter of clarity in where business energy comes from. Our expert advisers have already helped thousands of companies get the energy deal that is right for them, including considerations of the amount of renewable-generated energy.

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