Business water suppliers going bust
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by Ben Brading
5d ago
The principal idea behind the deregulated business water industry is that private companies can apply for a retail licence and compete with other suppliers to offer water services. Without business water suppliers, water companies are a natural monopoly, compelling customers to pay water bills issued by their local water company. Introducing competition among suppliers enhances service levels and helps keep prices low. Unfortunately, a natural by-product of competition is that underperforming suppliers may go bust. In this article, we cover everything you need to know about business water supp ..read more
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Sizewell C: Nuclear dawn or dusk?
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by Christian M.
3w ago
Sizewell C is the second nuclear power station to be constructed in the UK since 1995. It will add about 25,000 GWh of electricity to the national grid (~8% of national annual consumption) using the latest generation of EPR reactors, which are safer, cleaner, and more efficient than any of its predecessors. Construction is due to begin as early as 2024. However, significant delays and excessive costs at Hinkley Point C (another UK nuclear power station currently under construction) are leaving Sizewell in an awkward position. This is not only because Sizewell is a near-exact replica but also b ..read more
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Dealing with business utilities when moving premises
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by Ben Brading
3w ago
As businesses evolve, the need often arises to move premises, whether for upscaling, downscaling, or adopting a hybrid working model. But what happens to your business utilities? We’ve prepared a straightforward checklist to help you avoid overpaying for energy and water during the transition between properties. Moving business premises | business utilities checklist Our business utilities experts outline the key actions for arranging your business utilities, at different parts of the move process: Before your move date During the move After your move When you have a fixed move date secured ..read more
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Sewage pollution in rivers
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by Ben Brading
1M ago
“The most recent wastewater discharge data indicates that Thames Water diverted sewage directly into the River Mole for 920 hours in 2023. This is equivalent to 38 days, or almost 10% of the year.” Over the past decade, the British water industry has been sleepwalking into murky waters. A growing proportion of domestic sewage produced in our towns and cities is not being treated but instead discharged directly into the nearest river. According to the Environment Agency, there were over 464,000 storm overflow sewage discharges into rivers and seas in 2023 in England alone. Using the Environment ..read more
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Energy efficiency tips for businesses
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by Ben Brading
2M ago
In today’s business landscape, energy efficiency isn’t just an environmental responsibility—it’s a strategic move to significantly reduce costs. This article unveils five low-cost, high-impact tips designed to reduce your gas and electricity consumption. We’ve backed each recommendation with facts and figures from scientific research to demonstrate the savings you can expect. Each of our tips will result in lower business energy bills, but we’ve also included the compromises and costs required to implement each. Our five business energy efficiency tips are: Reduce boiler flow temperature Impr ..read more
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Gas Bill Calculator
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by Tom Melhuish
3M ago
Discover exactly how much your home gas is costing you with AquaSwitch’s unique home gas calculator. Auto-fills your latest price cap rates based on your (1) region and (2) payment method. Available for both standard variable and fixed-rate tariffs. Includes 5% VAT on final bill calculations. Use our gas bill comparison service to save on your home gas bills. Calculator   Calculator notes: Multi-tariff Functionality: Suitable for default standard variable rate tariffs (fluctuating with market conditions) and fixed-rate tariffs (i.e., homes that fixed their gas rates until 2024). E ..read more
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Business energy grants
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by Ben Brading
4M ago
Business energy grants are financial incentives intended to encourage companies to invest in making their business greener. These generous grants are a key part of the government’s building for 2050 plan. Explore how your business can benefit from government energy grants promoting green initiatives, such as heat pump installation, enhanced building insulation, and renewable energy generation. Discover how to take advantage of these grant schemes with our guide: Types of green investment that can receive grants The different ways you can receive grant funds How to find and apply for business e ..read more
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What size solar storage battery do I need for my business?
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by Tom Melhuish
5M ago
Solar panel batteries are an expensive but valuable addition to a commercial solar panel installation. Choosing the suitable battery storage capacity will help you avoid unnecessarily adding thousands to your commercial solar panel installation costs and improve return on investment. In this blog, we’ll look into how commercial solar batteries are used and how to calculate the appropriate battery storage size in each case. Jump straight to the reason you’re considering a solar battery: Solar battery size: Minimising expensive grid electricity Solar battery size: Back-up power supply Solar bat ..read more
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Assessing the suitability of solar panels for your business
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by Christian M.
6M ago
  ✅ Check if your business property requires planning permission for a solar installation (it will if it’s a historical building). ✅ Calculate your solar system’s return on investment and assess whether it aligns with your business’s vision and goals. ✅ Does your business own the property? How’s your business’s credit score? More answer all of these here.   Why should your business install solar panels? There are many reasons for your business to install its own solar photovoltaic (electricity) or thermal (heating water) system. Here are 6 of them: Energy independence: Reduce or e ..read more
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Permitting and Regulation for Commercial Solar Panels
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by Christian M.
6M ago
✅ Building Regulations: All UK solar panel works must comply with building standards. ✅ MCS and DNO: Grid-connected installations need MCS-certification and DNO approvals. ✅ Permitted Developments: Most UK commercial solar panel installations avoid planning permissions. ✅ Timeframe: The regulatory process can vary from a minimum of 3 weeks to many years. Do you want to install solar panels on your business property but don’t know what regulations and permitting challenges you face?Fret no more! Our comprehensive guide has you covered for the latest rules and regulations governing solar panel i ..read more
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