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A fully-funded energy efficiency audit to help your business save energy and money

Rising energy costs are a significant issue for businesses of all sizes, operating in all sectors. The Business Energy Saving Team (BEST) can provide your business with a fully-funded energy efficiency audit, designed to help you to identify ways that you can save energy in your day to day business operations, thereby saving you money and helping to reduce your carbon-footprint. We may even be able to provide you with a grant to help cover the costs of improvements. So, you’ll reduce your running costs and be doing your ‘bit’ for the environment too.

BEST is a project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and delivered by local Councils, which aims to reduce energy use and costs in small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland and Sunderland.

Our delivery partner Narec DE (www.narecde.co.uk) will identify energy efficiency improvements and will work with your business to develop a plan to achieve these savings. Maybe there are improvements to your building that could reduce your energy usage? Or you may need to replace inefficient machinery or simply adopt new practices, that will make a real difference to the amount of energy you use…

You may also have the opportunity to apply for grant funding to help with the costs of implementing audit recommendations. Narec DE will help you with this, if required, and will aim to make the process of carrying out the energy audit as easy as possible, with the minimum disruption to your business operations.

What is BEST?
The Business Energy Saving Team can provide your business with a fully-funded (Free) energy efficiency audit, designed to help you to identify ways that you can save energy in your day to day business operations, thereby saving you money and helping to reduce your carbon footprint. The advice is impartial and independent. If you are a Small to Medium Sized enterprise (SME), then you can benefit from the BEST energy audit. We can also provide grants to help fund energy improvements in your business once you’ve received your audit.

Why is energy important?Why is energy important?
Rising energy costs are a significant issue for businesses of all sizes, operating in all sectors, ranging from retail, manufacturing, engineering, hospitality, leisure, work studios, offices etc. The average SME could reduce its energy bill by 18-25% by installing energy efficiency measures, with an average payback of between one and three years.

What are the benefits of an energy audit?
Improving your businesses bottom line through good energy management has the same impact as increasing sales of your products. Many customers are becoming more environmentally aware, and your energy audit can be a way of highlighting to customers your commitment to environment and sustainability.

How do I sign up for the audit?
Go to www.best-ne.co.uk to complete the brief enquiry form.

How do I apply for the grant?
Once you’ve received your energy audit we may be able to support you with a grant, which can reduce the cost of purchasing and installing an energy efficient improvement by 33 %. It could be that you need new lighting, or a boiler, solar panels, or a more efficient piece of equipment to improve your business. Grants are approved through an application process with a few simple steps. Grants are available for projects costing between £3,000 and £24,999.

What happens once I sign up for the audit?
We need to carry out a few checks to ensure your company is eligible for ERDF support. Our team of staff work quickly and effectively to get the information we need with as little intrusion into your working day as possible. After that, we can get into the important detail of really understanding your businesses energy needs and priorities.

Who delivers the energy audit?
We have a team of auditors available through Narec DE, an energy consultancy based in the North East who are highly skilled and experienced in delivering energy audits across a wide range of businesses and industries. www.narecde.co.uk

What information do I need to provide for the audit?
We ask for some pre-audit information to help us understand your energy needs such as copies of energy bills, any site drawings or plans you have of your office/premises. We can do the audit without most of this information, but if we have this information, we can deliver a better, more accurate report for you to help reduce your energy bills If you don’t have copies of your energy bills, we can contact the energy supplier on your behalf if you wish.

What does the energy audit focus on?
The audit can be a general energy audit across your site, or it can be focussed on any key priorities for your business. For example, are there any pieces of equipment/machinery/production lines that you would like the audit to focus on. Do you have any plans to improve the lighting in the building? Are you looking to install renewable energy such as solar?

Do you need to visit site?
The auditor will visit your site at an agreed time to carry out the audit with the minimum interruption to your business. The more pre-audit information provided helps the auditor prepare the site visit effectively, so they can focus on the key priorities for your business.

What will the energy audit report look like?
The auditor will prepare a report that outlines the most important ways that you can reduce your energy bills through making a variety of changes, ranging from no cost/ low cost through to high cost.
Each energy saving opportunity will be detailed, with an estimate of how much it will cost, the annual cost savings and payback period that it would achieve for your business, summarised in a table and executive summary so you can quickly refer to the key opportunities. The auditor will discuss the report with you and cover any of your questions on the recommendations and how to implement them. The more that you can implement, the greater the savings will be for your business.

Looking to switch your energy supplier?
Ofgem provide guidance on reviewing your energy bills and comparing the market www.ofgem.gov.uk/consumers/business-gas-and-electricity-guide

Any further questions?
Please contact Nicky Campbell or David Orr at Newcastle City Council. Tel (0191) 277 7994 or 278 3448, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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