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Why be energy efficient?

Cost Savings

The increasing cost and supply problems of fossil fuels have meant that energy prices are rising with predictions of year on year increases in bills to consumers. By examining all aspects of energy use and eliminating wasted energy, cost savings can be maximised.

Simply put, by reducing energy use, costs are also reduced. The increasing cost and supply problems of fossil fuels have meant that energy prices are rising with predictions of year on year increases in bills to consumers. By examining all aspects of energy use and eliminating wasted energy, cost savings can be maximised. The energy pages in this section detail steps that can be taken to save energy costs.

Mitigating the effects of climate change

Most energy in the UK is generated by fossil fuels including gas and oil (In 2006, 74% of UK electricity was generated from fossil fuels, BERR). Energy generated by these sources produce greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. They are also significant sources of pollution. By saving energy, there is less demand to have electricity produced and therefore less emissions and pollution produced.

Conserving non renewable sources of energy

Non renewable sources of energy include minerals and fossil fuels most commonly coal, oil and gas. These resources have been created naturally over thousands of years and can only be used once. By reducing energy use, non renewable resources are conserved and enabled to last longer.

To overcome the problems of non-renewable energy, alternative sources of energy that are renewable need to be considered. Alternative renewable energy sources include, wind, solar, hydropower geothermal energy and biofuel. Further details on choosing options for renewable energy.

Complying with energy legislation

In the Climate Change Act (2008), the UK made a legally binding commitment to lower CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050 to minimise the impacts of climate change. The use of renewable energy plays a part in emissions reduction by decreasing organisations’ dependence on fossil fuels and therefore increasing the security of energy supplies. This will result in lower energy bills, a reduction in business risk, and improved environmental credentials for organisations.

Perception

An organisation's visible efforts towards addressing wasted energy and climate change may affect how customers and other stakeholders interact with them. This may include staff as well as suppliers.