British Gas Business has called for action after new research revealed nearly three quarters of small businesses believe they cannot do much to save energy.
An Ipsos MORI poll of 300 businesses in the Small and Medium Sized Enterprise (SME) sector showed that 79 per cent think being energy efficient saves money, although 71 per cent believe there are few measures to save energy.
Moreover, 56 per cent say they need help to make their business more energy efficient and 32 per cent lack information on how to do it.
Adrian Harvey, commercial director of British Gas Business, said: "Companies know what the issue is but too many see energy expenditure as a tax rather than something which can be controlled and reduced. If you're a SME, you're less likely to have resource to dedicate to energy efficiency planning - but it can be done and we want to help. That's why we are today launching our call to action."
British Gas Business is calling on businesses to implement an energy efficiency policy, take control of costs, and listen to good advice on energy consumption.
The company has compiled an advice booklet, which is available free of charge from www.britishgasbusiness.co.uk