‘Only 46% of SMEs in the UK are actively working to improve their energy efficiency’

That’s the suggestion from a new survey conducted by Yü Energy, which found less than a fifth of companies have achieved an EPC of B or higher

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Only 46% of small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in the UK are actively working to improve their energy efficiency.

That’s the suggestion from a new survey conducted by Yü Energy, which found less than a fifth of companies have achieved an energy performance rating (EPC) of B or higher.

It suggests moving up a single energy performance banding could reduce electricity use by 28% and gas use by 23%, together cutting the average business energy bill by a quarter – despite the monetary benefits on offer, 41% of UK business owners admit to not knowing their business’ EPC rating.

Simon Smith, Director Sales and Marketing at Yü Energy said: “EPCs provide a view on a building’s potential energy efficiency but they don’t factor in actual energy usage. Therefore, it is difficult for businesses to calculate how much they are likely to pay based only on a building’s EPC.

“By combining these we’re able to see the real impact of efficiency banding on a business’ energy bills and, whilst the efficiency of commercial premises has improved over recent years, there is still a huge opportunity for UK businesses to make savings.”