Businesses urged to tap into money saving energy scheme

Businesses in County Durham could save thousands of pounds on their energy bills each year by taking advantage of an energy saving advice scheme.

Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the county have until the beginning of September this year to apply for fully-funded, impartial guidance on making savings to their energy use via the Business Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP).

So far, since BEEP was launched two years ago, the project has supported 200 businesses, sharing personalised advice and funding support, helping SMEs to make real financial savings on their utility bills.

As a result of the project, some SMEs have received grant funding towards the cost of installing more efficient equipment and lighting into their businesses.

Calum Baker, Business Energy Efficiency Manager for BEEP, urged SMEs to get in touch to arrange a visit before September this year, promising they would find the process quick and easy to manage.

“Since BEEP was launched in 2016, we have helped 200 SMEs improve their energy efficiency, which has not only saved them thousands of pounds but has actually improved working conditions in many instances,” said Calum.

“For example, many employees, such as those at A-Tech Industries in Newton Aycliffe, have said their working environment has vastly improved because of new lighting.

“We believe we can make improvements for everyone, and for those companies that invest financially themselves in new energy efficient technology, they will likely recoup any investment within a relatively short period. We urge businesses to get in touch with us. They have nothing to lose.”

The deadline for applications is 1 September 2019.