Forward Thinking: Small investments for big profits

Forward thinking: It is a fact that top UK businesses take into account their Energy Sustainability Strategy as part of business continuity. Environmental efficiency, governance, and responsibility are just as important for profits as general financial performance.

It’s no secret that customers prefer to buy from ethical and sustainable sources for their consumables - be it energy, food, or source of labour, obtaining resources sustainably is critical for public perception, and by extension - profits.

56% of businesses are ensuring their organisation has access to the energy it needs - and this number is rising. Profits are a natural motivator for decision making in business - so this is a clear indicator that considering energy sustainability and implementing measures with the goal of improving sustainability is a profitable measure both socially and financially.

Making investments which have value

Improving your long term profits from energy doesn't always have to be an expensive endeavour. Simple installations such as LED lighting and heat insulation are low-investment, simple, and save a lot of money. Inefficiency really does have quite an extensive impact on your energy usage.

If you are interested in some examples ( and numbers! ) where making these changes have improved both short-term and long-term profits, have a look at our projects page.

It’s easier than ever to manage your energy overuse

I’m sure we were all told when we were younger not to leave the tap running while brushing our teeth, to turn the lights off when nobody is using the room, not leave the TV on while we’re not using it. It makes sense - keeping stuff running when you’re not using it wastes a lot of resources.

We have grown up now, so we should be doing all this - right? Well, a lot of people still do leave devices on when not in use, leave the tap running, things like that. It’s simply more convenient to do so. But when balancing this convenience with the amount of energy it wastes, and considering that you have to pay for this energy, wouldn’t it make sense to implement automated measures to counter this?

The way we have been countering these issues is with what we call Smart Energy Management. It’s a little implementation which automatically turns off lights when they’re not in use, works out when people are using the room, and a bunch of other efficiency measures which all come together to both radically reduce and fine tune your energy usage, saving big money, and giving you more to invest into your business. We find it works really well and the profits are clearly defined.

If this sounds up your alley, feel free to read more about it here.

Energy Generators and Solar Paneling

This is another interesting avenue which should definitely be explores - and on-site energy generation can also be implemented into your Business Continuity Plan.

It’s not that costly to implement these to supplement or replace your existing energy generation and it’s common sense that this saves money passively. You can learn more about solar panel installation here, or if you like the idea of an alternative way to generate on-site energy, micro-grid generation might be the option for you.


In summary, we think that in the coming future, mains energy is going to become a lot more expensive. We’ve been setting up our clients to prepare for this by implementing energy efficiency measures - making sure that it’s not only valuable for preparation - but also provides actual, quantifiable savings which can be invested elsewhere.

If you want to talk about ways you can implement measures to improve your efficiency, or just want some general energy advice, feel free to get in touch with us and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

A world without waste - we CAN do it!

In just one hour, 900 tons of plastic waste enters our oceans. Dumping garbage into the oceans is like storing nuclear material, it doesn’t go away - it piles up and up. Plastic waste in our oceans has a clear and intense detrimental impact to aquatic life, waterways, and this is just a single component of a much bigger problem.

The way we are treating our planet is completely unsustainable. This is the only world we have, and we are consuming it like it can be replaceable. Our exploitation of natural resources is increasing exponentially - at a very alarming rate. As what we perceive as ‘requirements’ increase, so does our destruction of the planet. We do so because it is convenient in the short term, but the long term effects are proving to be absolutely devastating.

That’s not to say that plastic is evil and should be abolished - it’s rather the opposite in fact. Plastic as a packaging material is highly effective and resilient to the elements. It does a lot of good - the only problem is that a lot of it isn’t recycled. Recycling our materials instead of dumping them allows us to eliminate the negative environmental impact.

It’s not that easy though for a lot of people. Here in England we simply chuck it in the nearest recycling bin and that’s that. Many communities around the world however are lacking recycling infrastructure. To combat this, many organisations have been promoting activism and doing their best to do their part. Coca-Cola established the ECOCE ( Ecology and Corporate Commitment ) - which is a non-profit effort which puts in the work to make recycling easier for everyone.

And it’s not just big organisations that can make a change, you can too. Not only just by recycling, but by taking part in cleaning up the shorelines, partaking in activism, and doing your bit to make this world a cleaner, safer place.

Winter is coming: Are you prepared?

We will experience Carbon Tax cost increases of…

Massive tax hike on UK energy prices will hit UK businesses hard.

Extreme Mediterranean Summers and Sub-Artic Winters will have a significant effect for:

45.28% increase for Electricity.

67% increase for Natural Gas.

66.79% increase for Liquid Petroleum.

  • Domestic consumers

  • Schools

  • Businesses.

What will the impact be on your organisation?

Dr. Terence M Lewis MSc BSc EMA. A renowned energy expert and resident at The Hive Enterprise Hub will be discussing a wide range of money saving options open to Local businesses, organisations and home owners.

Combat Heavy Carbon Tax

The taxation table below will apply to all energy bills irrespective of the agreed rate with your supplier.


How will it affect me?

The new taxes will affect companies and organisations differently, so it is important to add the forward projections for the taxes that are set out in the budget to any energy budgeting.

The move to CCL will clearly demonstrate how much of the energy bill is taxation, it will not be long before primary fuel cost account for no more than 30% of the energy bill.

This in effect means that 70% of the energy bill will be taxation.

The Climate Change Levi taxation is having a major effect on business energy charges.

So what is the solution?

The answer is simply to reduce consumption. But how do we do that? We implement an Energy Management Program - as such:

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Description: Helping your business save energy for the winter and implement systems to reduce consumption.

Location: The Hive Enterprise Centre, Southend-on-Sea

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Sustainable Chipp'y

Sustainable Chipp'y

A quick lunch stop at my local Fish and Chip Shop for a Cod and Chips (A British national dish) greeted me with a wonderful surprise The owner insisted on showing me his stock of Cardboard serving containers and multi use paper bags. He explained this is a result of our recent conversation regarding the impact of plastic and polystyrene on our environment and Fish quality.

Van Looy’ s is certainly up for a Coveted Energyst “Sustainable Business “award

Reducing your heating costs

Heating costs increase by around 8% for every 1c increase.Turning it down 2c would save £140 on a £1,000 bill. - Heating control Technology guide, Carbon Trust, October 2011

Reducing your heating costs will have a drastic impact on your energy bill - and there are many  ways to do it. One of them is to encourage your employees to close windows and keep the heat in. Staff should also be aware of the cost of wasted heat, draughts should be sealed, and thermostats are set correctly.

Inversely,  staff should also be aware of the cost of using air conditioning, if your building has it  installed. Air conditioning should be turned off when leaving a room, and either windows should be open or you should be using AC - not both. If you have  windows open while the AC is off then a lot of that cooling energy is lost.

If you are interested in implementing cost-effective measures without a large investment to reduce your heating costs, contact Energyst to install more efficient heating measures. We can help you save money and energy at an affordable price.

Another cost effective solution to reduce energy consumption is to install a more modern electrical thermostat - older thermostats are less accurate, by having a bad reading you could be over or  underheating the building, which has an impact on comfort and productivity.

Interested in achieving some great savings on your energy bill? Why not get in touch and see if we can find you an affordable solution today?

See also: Reduce energy costs.

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It’s common sense that turning lights off saves money. And not just with rooms either, unoccupied areas such as storage rooms and cupboards often have lighting systems installed which leech energy over time if left unattended. The same applies to non-working areas such as corridors - minimal lighting should be used here  Where possible, natural lighting should be used instead of bulbs. This can be done by arranging desks to be near windows

But what else can you do to make big savings on your lighting costs?

Many buildings are using old and inefficient bulbs - which is a significant drain to your energy bill. Even if these lighting systems are well maintained (which often, they aren’t), the technology involved is inherently inefficient. A great way to save a big portion of your energy bill without large investment is to install modern, energy-efficient lighting in your building. Contact Energyst Consulting for more advice.

Another way to save energy is by using smart-lighting systems. These are also very cost-efficient to install and by  using smart sensors and timers can automatically turn off lighting in areas which are not in use. We can also help you with this as we have in many of our case-studies and provide you with excellent savings in this area. Movement sensors are another type of sensor which can be used to increase efficiency - these can be installed in areas such as cupboards or toilets where people are in and out.

Free Money! Utilising energy efficiency to make a Profit

“Almost a third of small firms highlight the cost of energy as a barrier to the growth and success of their business. Finding energy efficiency savings is the single best way of reducing these costs over the long-term. Small businesses need all the support and information they can get to help to make these savings wherever possible” - John Allan, National Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses.

Being wasteful with your energy leads to your profits being drained - this is a known fact, and according to the Government’s energy projections - the price of energy will continue to increase moving towards and in 2020. The question is - is this loss avoidable? Does it really have to be a negative thing? At Energyst, we believe it doesn’t have to be.

The average SME can reduce its energy bill by 18-25% by installing energy efficiency measures with an average payback of only 1.5 years. Sometimes these savings can seem underwhelming, however it’s important to consider your profit margin and how many extra sales these savings equate to. For a company with a 5% profit margin - over the course of 3 years, a £500-a-year saving from energy efficiency makes the same profit as £30,000 of extra sales.

Reducing energy use doesn’t always mean a high initial investment  - your business can cut costs through low to medium priced measures such as replacing lights or heating systems. These are very commonly in use and increasing their efficiency is simple and profitable.

Reach out to Energyst to find a solution which works for you.