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Reduce Your Business Carbon Emissions With a Utility Audit from City Utilities
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Reduce Your Business Carbon Emissions With a Utility Audit from City Utilities

According to research by the British Business Bank, 76% of small UK businesses are yet to act on their carbon emissions. With the Government setting 2050 as the target for the UK going carbon neutral, the pressure is on UK SMEs to do everything they can to reduce their carbon emissions.

It is estimated that small businesses account for roughly 50% of all carbon emissions generated by UK businesses and a third of total UK emissions.

Research shows that three-quarters of small UK businesses have yet to implement anything to help reduce their overall carbon emissions, despite the 2050 net-zero target set by the Government.

UK SMEs account for half the greenhouse gas produced by all UK businesses, which is nearly 30 per cent of all UK emissions, with households, Government and industry making up the rest.

Have you measured your carbon footprint?

According to research by the British Business Bank, only three per cent of UK small businesses have measured their carbon footprint within the last five years and have gone on to set themselves a target to reduce their carbon emissions.

Even more concerning is that over half of those UK small businesses surveyed admitted that they were not prepared to go carbon neutral. One of the biggest hurdles towards taking positive steps was the perceived cost.

Our team at City Utilities hears all the time from our new business clients that they want to make a meaningful effort to reduce their carbon emissions but don't know where to start.

This is why we started offering our Business Utility Audit Services, to help UK SMEs discover where there is wasted energy in their business and find the most cost-effective way to fix this.

We can help reduce your energy consumption and costs

What is encouraging to know is that 94 per cent of UK SMEs have taken at least one step to reduce their carbon emissions, such as installing a smart meter to monitor their energy consumption. But they can do far more once they know how they are wasting energy and what steps to take to remedy this.

Even by making simple, low effort steps towards reducing energy consumption, your business can make substantial financial savings over a year.

There will always be challenges to face for SMEs trying to cut down on their carbon emission, but with the help of our team at City Utilities, the whole process can be made much more straightforward.

Having a business energy audit will get a clear picture of how much energy you are using and which parts of your business processes and procedures are using the most power. Our energy audits will also highlight areas of high waste that can be easily fixed, such as replacing decades-old lighting for energy-efficient LED lighting. 

Getting the proper support to reduce your costs

In another report produced by NatWest, UK SMEs have great potential to meet half of the UK's decarbonisation goal as long as they receive the right support, funding, knowledge and training.

The first place to start is to know exactly how your business uses energy. This is what having one of our Business Energy Audits will give you. But our auditing services go much further than this.

You will have a much deeper insight into which of your processes or pieces of machinery, tools or equipment are the most power-hungry. We will identify unusual energy spikes where there shouldn't be any. This can often be narrowed down to discovering faulty electrical assets or outdated equipment misusing power.

We can even help to find other drains on your energy and finances, such as water leaks, faulty wiring, malfunctioning heating and lighting controllers and timers, and more. Our auditing team will look at everything that is fixable to help you save money on your utility bills and reduce your carbon footprint.

Reducing your business overheads

City Utilities are leading energy brokers for business gas, electricity and water services. With our help, you will be able to switch your business to more cost-effective, perfectly tailored energy and water supply tariffs without needing to lift a finger.

You have the potential to reduce your business overheads by hundreds of pounds per year, especially if you haven't kept an eye on your utility services and are now out of contract and ticking over at a much higher rate than you should be.

With our help, you can get your business onto a much better tariff with no hidden extra costs or paying for services as part of your energy package that you don't need or want. 

Credit card processing savings

Credit card processing fees are the charges you will pay when your customer pays by credit or debit card. The amount of fees you are charged will depend on the value of the payment, the type of card being used by your customer, the card issuer, and how your customer pays (PIN, phone, contactless). 

There will also be merchant services charges and authorisation fees on top, so this adds a considerable sum to your business credit card bills. Rates and fees also vary from bank or merchant, so that you may be paying top rate fees and not even know about it!

With our help, you can be paying the lowest credit card processing fees, saving your business a lot of money each year. If you run a company that uses a credit card terminal or merchant services, it is worth looking more closely at what fees you are currently paying. It can be an eye-watering amount that you simply don't need to pay.

We will compare and assess all the different merchant services and credit card providers on the market to find you the most cost-effective option. It is especially important right now, with MasterCard hiking their rates to a new record high this year.

If your business has a high number of credit or debit card transactions and you are looking at ways to reduce the cost, or you are considering ways to reduce your carbon footprint, why not contact our team at City Utilities.

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