npower Helps 10,000 SMEs Commit To Save Energy
Released on: October 31, 2011, 4:05 pm
10,000 UK SMEs have had a helping hand to reduce their
overheads and become more competitive, thanks to the support of energy
npower has welcomed its 10,000th customer to its Smart Start scheme, a toolkit and advice service
which helps SMEs save on their energy bills quickly, through easy to implement
energy efficiency measures. These include turning equipment off and managing
heating and ventilation systems, which can save up to 10% off their energy bills.
Patrick Harvey, npower's head of customer loyalty, said: "Helping 10,000 UK SMEs
to save energy is a significant milestone for them and us. The Carbon Trust
believes that businesses could save 10% on their energy bills through easy energy
measures: if each of these 10,000 SMEs saved 10% on their annual energy bill, up to £5 million* could have been saved already. This is testament to the impact that
simple measures, such as those included in the SmartStart help and advice can have.
The ethos behind SmartStart is to help businesses realise the savings they can make
by providing the right advice and support. It’s great to see so many SMEs are
taking energy efficiency seriously, and realising the rewards that can be achieved
through such measures.
"We know from the findings of npower's latest Business Energy Index (nBEI) that 53% of small businesses do not
have any methods in place to manage energy efficiency. I suspect this is because
many do not have the resources themselves to research and implement energy
efficiency measures, so with toolkits such as SmartStart this is taken care of and
cost savings are easily achievable."
npower's SmartStart service includes a free energy monitor to help SMEs keep a
close eye on how much energy they are consuming, so they can see where they can make
savings. In addition, SMEs have access to expert advice via a dedicated helpline
(0845 070 4019) enabling them to identify the simple measures which will make a big
More information on how npower can help SMEs reduce emissions and cut costs can be
found at www.npower.com/Business/SmartStart.
Notes to editors:
*This figure is based on an average energy cost saving of £500 per SmartStart customer
npower is one of the top energy suppliers to
the UK business market, serving over 238,000 small to medium sized enterprise sites
and around 17,000 industrial and commercial customers, with over 100,000 sites.
npower is dedicated to helping UK businesses use energy more efficiently and
therefore spend less money on their bills. It aims to have a positive impact on the
communities it serves and reduce its customers' carbon footprint whilst always
improving our service to customers.
npower specialises in risk management solutions, including market-leading flexible
energy purchasing, energy efficiency, and broader energy management functions,
tailored to every size of business.
npower is committed to helping its small business customers to improve their energy
efficiency. npower smartstart offers business customers advice and guidance on
reducing energy consumption. New business customers receive an energy monitor
designed to improve their consumption awareness as well as access to a dedicated
energy efficiency telephone helpline and website.
For major energy users, npower offers multi-utility management consultancy to enable
organisations to improve efficiencies right across the procurement/consumption
npower customers include BT, Wembley Stadium plc, AstraZeneca and Sainsbury's.
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