Small Business Can Make Major Savings on Energy

THE U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) estimates small businesses across the nation spend more than $60 billion on energy each year, so reducing energy use can have a major impact on your bottom line.

The SBA report that small businesses that invest strategically in energy efficiency measures can save 10 to 20 percent on their utility costs without sacrificing service, quality or comfort.

Wise implementation of energy saving behaviour and technology can help busy decision makers to manage energy use and protect their bottom lines.

Meanwhile in the UK the Federation of Small Businesses have released the results of a survey concerning about energy efficiency and the environment from small businesses across Britain.

FSB-ICM research shows that the UK Government needs to provide better information to small businesses to help them go green

Small firms feel that energy efficiency can provide their business with cost savings but said they need the Government to put systems and business support incentives in place to help, according to the findings of a Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) survey of 10,000 members.

The survey found that 57 per cent of businesses believe that energy efficiency can provide their business with cost savings but they said that there is insufficient advice for small firms to help them understand the role they can play in the transition to a low carbon economy.

More than half (57%) have changed the way the business operates because of concerns about climate change, with 32 per cent reducing energy use and 24 per cent buying energy efficient appliances.

David Caro, Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses Environment and Energy Committee: said:

"With the start of the Carbon Reduction Commitment (in the UK) on Thursday 1 April – a mandatory carbon emissions trading scheme for large businesses – small firms are worried that similar tough measures will be forced upon them in the future. In reality, many businesses want to become more environmentally friendly but don't feel they have the support to do so.

"The FSB believes that the Government needs to give small businesses the incentive to proactively embrace the low carbon agenda rather than force them through heavy handed regulation. We are calling for more tailored advice and support for SME's so that businesses can maximise energy efficiency and the use of smart metering. It is also important that local recycling infrastructures be put in place to better meet the needs of local businesses that perhaps don't meet the high levels needed to take advantage of commercial recycling facilities."

Friday 23rd April 2010

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