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Fitzmaurice Primary School in Bradford-on-Avon were celebrating today after one of their pupils won Energy Management’s annual competition to design the cover of the company’s Christmas e-card.

xmas cardOver 350 Primary schoolchildren from the Wiltshire town entered the competition and the judging panel, made up of Energy Management staff, were impressed by the high standard of artwork produced.

Idris (pictured left) won first place for his colourful depiction of Christmas, with fellow Fitzmaurice pupils, Megan and Daisy, chosen as runners-up. All three received Christmas goody bags from Energy Management owner Gary Weston, his wife Jacy and Energy Management Account Manager Emma Street.

 

“They were all excited to receive their prizes and it was wonderful to see their smiling faces,” said Emma.

“Our festive e-card will be going out to customers later this week adorned with Idris’ lovely work.”

As a reward for winning the competition, Energy Management will be sponsoring a school project focusing on internet safety, worth £1,000.

A number of children from Fitzmaurice Primary School will attend a course that will teach them how to be safer online, before sharing their new-found knowledge with the wider school. 

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Having the capacity to change

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From April 1st 2018, OFGEM is introducing DCP 161 (Default Excess Capacity Charge) which will impose
penalty rates on half-hourly supplies that exceed their authorised KVA (Kilo Volt Amperes) capacity
allowance.


It is estimated that these charges could be three times higher than those currently paid by customers
under the existing DCUSA (Distribution Connection and Use of System Agreement). OFGEM has brought
in the measure to help Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) recoup penalty costs, while also
incentivising end-users to manage their load better or ensure they have the right level of capacity.


Finding the right KVA levels can sometimes be a fine balancing act. Too small a capacity and you could
end up paying the soon-to- be-introduced charges, too large and you’ll be paying for load that you might
never use. Over multiple sites, the amount of wasted money can soon add up.


If your capacity, as secured in your connections agreement, does not currently reflect your demand,
then you need to speak to your DNO for a revision. Applicable rates will vary by region, voltage and
profile, with costs expected to be higher in areas where there is a higher demand for capacity.
However, if like most businesses you would rather focus on servicing your customer needs, it may be
worthwhile bringing in external help to manage the situation for you. Naturally, we’d be delighted to act
on your behalf should that be the case.

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Schools, Academies and Colleges to get free trees thanks to Energy Management’s treebate scheme

Energy Management LLP has launched its treebate scheme: free trees to schools, colleges and academies that enter into a partnership with the Wiltshire-based business.

energy management in schoolsThe inspiration behind treebate came about while the company exhibited at recent Academies Show at the NEC in Birmingham, where 250 Christmas trees were given away to visitors to the Energy Management stand, many of whom came from Education Trusts and standalone schools and academies.

Feedback was so favourable, “the best giveaway I’ve ever had,” commented one delegate, that Energy Management CEO Steve Retford thought it would be a great idea to extend the gesture beyond the exhibition and help engage schoolchildren with eco-friendly issues.

“We’re all striving for a greener future so any Education Trust or standalone academy or school that signs a contract with Energy Management will receive trees, free of charge, to plant within their grounds,” he said.

“Hopefully, through treebate, we’ll help the government to reach their target to plant 11 million new trees by 2020.”

In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of CO2 produced when you drive 26,000 miles - that’s over twice the national average for an individual car user and more than a lifetime of school runs.

Mr Retford added: “As we believe that energy education is fundamental to the future of the planet, one of our engineers will be happy to come into partner schools and academies to have a talk on energy-related issues and help students engage in the subject.

“There are many ways in which schools and the individual pupils can be more energy efficient and we’d be more than happy to pass on the knowledge that we’ve built up over many years.”

Energy Management has a proud track record in helping educational establishments save on their energy costs.

In 2011, North Somerset County Council (NSCC) sought the help of Energy Management’s expertise and continues to reap the benefits today.

Simply by checking billing errors and securing the best fuel prices at the right time, Energy Management’s procurement and invoice validation service alone has saved NSCC, and its 58 schools and academies, a quarter of a million pounds over the last three years.

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SAVING ENERGY IN SCHOOLS

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As everyone in education is all too painfully aware, frozen budgets and rising costs have conspired to put schools and academies under increased financial pressure and led to cost-cutting measures. In some cases, this has even led to a shorter school week, in a bid to save on teachers’ salaries.

energy savings in schoolsEnergy consumption though is one area where cutbacks are positive, in that the less energy you consume the lower your energy bills will be. That said, few academics will profess to be experts on energy management issues, or have the time to dedicate hours to understanding the complexities of the energy market, which is where external agencies such as Wiltshire-based Energy Management LLP can step in to help. We always say that the cheapest unit of energy is the one you never use.

In our experience a secondary school of around 1500 pupils will spend approximately £100,000 a year on gas and electricity, with heating accounting for roughly half, and up to five percent of that overall figure could be down to billing errors alone. It may come as a surprise to people outside of the energy industry but around one in five of the invoices that we handle on our clients’ behalf are wrong.

Whether it’s down to inaccurate meter readings, ‘fat fingers’ inputting the data incorrectly or wrongly applied CCL and VAT charges, it’s a fact that customers often pay more than they should for their energy - or pay for energy they have not consumed. We have trained eyes that can shine a light on these errors and put right quickly.

Implementation of relatively straightforward energy efficiency measures can save schools money too. Indeed, a recent report by the Carbon Trust reveals that UK schools could collectively reduce energy costs by around £44 million a year.

For under-pressure schools there could finally be some light – LED, of course – at the end of the tunnel. Our highly qualified and experienced engineers review a site’s energy usage, from lighting, heating, boiler system management to air conditioning, and find traditional and innovative - but always sensible - ways of reducing energy costs.

Like any business or organisation, schools can grow. Residential development within the school’s catchment area, for example, may lead to an increase in pupil numbers and place existing facilities under pressure. Increasing the energy supply to an existing site or changing premises altogether if the current site has outgrown its use, can come with problems - and a huge amount of paperwork.

At Energy Management, we pride ourselves in our ability to manage such situations and agree the best terms and conditions with energy suppliers to ensure that clients are not caught out by such a change in circumstances.

We once acted on behalf of a manufacturing company in Northern Ireland that made the decision to close one of its struggling factories halfway through its energy contract. Punitive break clauses meant they stood to pay out over £1m in compensation, but thanks to the excellent relationship we had with the supplier concerned, and the leverage this bought us, the slate was wiped entirely clean.

If you would like to know how we can save energy within your school, organisation and business, please get in touch on 01225-867722

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Despite the best efforts and significant investment from water companies, data from the water industry regulator Ofwat shows that more than three billion litres of water leaks every day, a level unchanged for at least four years and just 7% lower than the level in 2000. 

water savingsWith large bursts, companies do usually manage to respond quickly, but smaller leaks can also cause huge amounts of water to be lost and can go on for weeks - even months. Undetected, leaks can be particularly costly for public buildings that are typically closed for weeks on end during holiday periods, such as academies and schools, resulting in them paying for water they are not using.

It is important for these educational establishments to calculate how much water is used outside of school hours (including holidays). This exercise will help to identify leaks and other inefficiencies. Some schools have been known to leave flushing urinals running all through the summer holidays, according to a best-practice guide from the Environment Agency.

It is estimated that 20% of the water paid for in the UK actually leaked away before it reached anybody’s tap, and around a third of that total occurs on customer premises. Putting a stop to unseen leaks through a proper water audit and monitoring service, which analyses when and where water is being used, can reduce consumption significantly. A consumption and monitoring service is just one of the areas where and outside consultancy like Energy Management LLP can help customers with substantial reductions and controls over their water bills, with water procurement and tariff reviews two other areas of expertise.

As academies grow – there are now 4,000 in the UK under 1,000 different trusts, they can often occupy multiple geographical areas and cross municipal boundaries with sites covered by different water suppliers. There can be numerous benefits to an academy opting for one supplier across the board, not least the opportunity to standardise the way bills are formatted and paid and therefore lessen the administrative burden.

Since the market was deregulated in April 2017, 22 companies exist in the water retail sector in England and Scotland, so it is not as if there are a shortage of options. Our water procurement negotiating team have excellent contacts with these suppliers are well-placed to get the right deal and the right price for your organisation.

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Better checks, smaller cheques

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Wiltshire-based Energy Management LLP is top of the class when it comes to helping educational establishments reduce their energy costs.

Energy Cost ReceiptsEnergy Management’s invoice validation service has helped save North Somerset County Council (NSCC) schools and academies £75,000 over the last three years, with further savings made in other areas of this field.

Over the period in question, 57 NSCC run schools and academies benefitted from Energy Management’s expertise in spotting potentially costly errors contained within their energy bills.

Unless spotted by a trained eye, wrong price per kilowatt entries and more technical issues such as incorrect capacity allowance charges can all contribute to a customer paying over the odds.

Research from Energy Management has shown that as many as one fifth of utility bills are wrong and result in over charges which, according to industry statistics, can be on average between three to five percent of the overall bill value.

As many headteachers or financial directors do not necessarily have the time or knowledge of the energy industry to study the minutiae of bills, it often pays to get outside help. That is certainly the experience of Ian Blackburn, Principal Commercial & Compliance Officer of North Somerset Council.

Mr Blackburn said: “Energy Management provide unrivalled expert advice, which has resulted in significant cost savings for the Council and its schools. We are extremely happy with the service we receive from Energy Management LLP and would recommend them without hesitation.”

Energy Management provide a whole range of energy consultancy services to schools and academies, and to some of the leading commercial brands in the UK.

If you would like to discuss how we can help reduce your energy costs, please visit us on Stand B50 at The Academies Show at the NEC in Birmingham, on November 22, or give us a call on 01225 867722.

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Energy Management is in contention to win one of the highest accolades in the energy industry at the prestigious Energy Management Awards (EMA) 2017.

EMA received a record number of submissions across the nine categories, with Energy Management beating off stiff competition to get shortlisted for the Energy Consultancy Services of the Year award.

The winners and highly commended in each category will be announced during the Energy Management Awards ceremony on 22 November at EMEX in London.

Energy Management’s track record in reducing clients’ energy costs and usage through their over-arching service, which includes procurement, energy efficiency reporting and invoice validation, was also acknowledged back in June at the South-West Energy Efficiency Awards.

To find out more about the Energy Management Awards or the energy management services we offer call 01225 867722

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Energy Management LLP today welcomed two new employees to its workforce as the company launched its first apprenticeship scheme.

energy management apprentice schemeWorking in conjunction with Trowbridge-based Wiltshire College, the leading energy consultancy has taken on Annie Robins and Lewis Payne who are both doing a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Business Administration.

Energy Management CEO Steve Retford is a big supporter of giving young talent opportunities to shine in a hands-on, working environment.

He said: “We’re really proud to start up the apprenticeship scheme and I’m sure Annie and Lewis will be great additions to the team as they start on an exciting pathway that could ultimately lead to them becoming chartered members of the Institute of Energy Managers.”

For more information on the apprenticeship scheme we offer or to find out anything else about the services Energy Management provide please call us on 01225 867722 or contact us 

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When you’re running a business, it is easy to get tied down with day-to-day tasks and overlook the bigger picture. But planning and tightly managing budgets is essential to a sustainable and healthy future.

Energy costs account for a large percentage of most companies overall spend and, in some cases, it is the biggest overhead, so getting the best price for your power obviously makes good business sense.

No budget is secure until that price is fixed, however, as rates can fluctuate markedly in a short period of time due to external events outside of your control.

energy budgetsLast year the closure of several French nuclear power plants contributed to an energy price hike, for example, adding a fortune to the budgets of those businesses who had not fixed the cost of their energy.

Presently the focus is on Scandinavia where on-going issues with Norwegian gas fields and processing plants have limited availability in the UK and contributed to pushing wholesale gas and power prices higher.

At Energy Management, our expert monitoring and analysis service enable us to keep across all market developments. Whilst no-one can predict the future 100 per cent, we are confident in our ability to secure the best contracts for our clients up to 18 months before they are due for renewal.

One of our clients with an eye-watering energy spend of £12 million contacted us the other day to talk to us about their energy contract, knowing full well that until the right energy contract is in place the overall budget is not secure.

With the onset of October, historically the busiest time for contract talks, why not get ahead of the game and act now before the negotiating table becomes very crowded?

With over 150 years’ worth of experience in energy and associated industries, we are well-placed to offer sound advice on the market and negotiate deals on your behalf from a purely independent standpoint.

For more information, please contact Steve Retford or Ian Scattergood on 01225 867722

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Energy Management in the News

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energy management cost savingsAn article about how Energy Management helped a holiday boat hire company save 10 per cent on its annual energy costs has been published in the latest issue of Buildings & Facilities Magazine.

You can read the article here:

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