Businesses are missing out on opportunities to cut energy bills

By Adam Pescod

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Nearly half (47%) of businesses, including pubs, are overlooking simple opportunities to cut their energy bills, despite more than two thirds (68%) making operational efficiency their top priority in 2012, according to new research by British Gas.

The new research, conducted by Research Now and commissioned by British Gas, shows that those businesses focusing on becoming more cost efficient with their energy are seeing savings of up to 20% on their bills through simple steps like installing a smart meter.

The findings come at a time when 75% of businesses say rising energy costs are their number one concern in managing their overheads. However, when asked about the biggest barriers to taking steps to make savings on their bills, 80% of businesses said they want to keep the time they spend managing energy to a minimum, whilst 51% say they need help identifying options for reducing their energy costs.

The research also follows British Gas’s launch of Business Energy Insight in February – a free smart meter based service that gives businesses the tools and support to understand their energy usage and implement measures to reduce it.

Marc England, managing director of SME Energy, British Gas Business, said: “Our business customers tell us that controlling costs is their number one priority. And we recognise that energy costs are a big part of this. Smart meters can play a vital role in saving businesses time and money by allowing them to pay for the energy they use as they use it and by giving them the information they can use to reduce their consumption.”

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