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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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Charity Golf Day proves a big hit

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Energy Management rubbed shoulders with stars of the golfing world and former top-level rugby players on Thursday to help raise money for the Dorothy House Hospice.

A team of four competed in a Charity Golf Day, organised by Marble Works of Bath and hosted by BT Rugby frontman David Flatman, at the highly-acclaimed Cumberwell Park Golf Club just outside Bradford-on-Avon.

Open Championship golfer Laurie Canter was present to lend his support just a few weeks after competing at Royal Birkdale and he was joined by European tour pro, Jordan Smith, plus former British & Irish Lions rugby stars, Jeremy Guscott, Jason Leonard and Mike Catt and Craig Chalmers.

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Energy Management’s four-ball included CEO Steve Retford and son, Joe, who is striving to become a full-time golf professional, Sales Director Malcolm Barrington and former Bristol City and Bath City goalkeeper Steve Langley.

While a stiff breeze and grey skies made for tricky playing conditions, the event was a big success with thousands of pounds raised for Dorothy House.


The event was won by Bath Rugby legend Guscott and his team, while Energy Management finished a creditable sixth.

Caption (L-R): Energy Management CEO Steve Retford, ex-Bristol City goalkeeper Steve Langley, Energy Management Sales Director Malcom Barrington, Joe Retford & caddy

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Energy Management in the Media

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Energyst magazine Energy Management CEO Steve Retford features in the latest issue of the Energyst Magazine.

Steve is the subject of a Q & A where, amongst other things, he gets to go back in time and choose who he'd least like to share a lift with as well as discussing his hopes for the energy industry.

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energy management fund sally narrowboatsSteve Retford from Energy Management LLP is proud to announce that popular holiday boat hire company Sally Narrowboats has renewed its contract with the Wiltshire-based company after achieving savings of over 10 per cent on its energy usage in the last 12 months.

As well as powering a 26-strong fleet, Sally Narrowboats offer a full repair and maintenance service for passing traffic on the Kennet & Avon Canal at its dry dock facility in the picturesque Bradford-on-Avon Marina.

Sally Narrowboats General Manager Mark Fraser says seeking external help in energy management has brought about noticeable benefits to the company, and not just financial.

“Thanks to the energy efficiency measures put in place by Energy Management, we have reduced our energy usage by 10.3 per cent over the last year.

“Energy Management assisted us with some upgrade works in our office space and in the workshop and warehouse as well as helping us negotiate the best possible deals with energy suppliers.

“Originally, we had standard light bulbs installed in high-level fittings that constantly needed changing and were troublesome to get to because of their location. We’ve since had LED lights fitted, which have a five-year lifespan, and less time is now spent on maintenance.”

Energy usage can amount to a third of a company’s overall bills, yet, in the experience of Energy Management CEO Retford, an engineer with over 25 years of industry experience, there are obvious areas where savings are achievable.

For example, as many as one in five invoices seen by Energy Management over the last two decades have been found to be inaccurate. These errors typically can result in an increase of 3-5 per cent of business energy bills.

“Invoice validation is one of our core services. Whether it’s down to inaccurate meter readings, wrongly applied correction and volume factors or CCL and VAT charges, customers often pay more than they should for their energy,” said Retford.

“Our invoice validation service uses a thorough invoice-checking system that shines a light on any errors, so that action can be taken to recover any overcharges as quickly as possible.”

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Energy Management Company Brochure
A stylish new company brochure detailing our full range of energy management and water management consultancy services has been designed and produced by leading marketing services agency Sentio PM

A digital version of the 12-page brochure can be downloaded here, or you can request a complimentary hard copy by calling Ian Scattergood on (0)1225 867722 or emailing, sales@energymanagementltd.com

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