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Element Energy helping small businesses save energy and costs through their non-domestic smart energy management project

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As part of a project funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) under its Non-domestic Smart Energy Management Innovation Competition, Element Energy are currently trialling a web tool called the Energy Comparison and Advice Tool (E-CAT) with small businesses in the hospitality, retail and education sectors. Users of the tool are provided with comparative feedback on their energy usage, as well as energy saving tips tailored to the user’s specific business characteristics to help them save energy and money.

BEIS and the Carbon Trust recently undertook independent interviews with businesses and schools that are using the tools being trialled as part of the Non-domestic Smart Energy Management Innovation Competition and developed a number of case studies based on these interviews which have now been published. One of these case studies (a takeaway food business in Leicester) relates to the Element Energy E-CAT tool and in this case study the business manager describes a range of benefits from their experience using E-CAT. The business manager reported that staff are now more aware of their energy usage, making behavioural changes such as checking that fridge doors are closed properly and turning off lights when not in use. Since using E-CAT, the business manager estimates that their bills have reduced by £20 a month. They are now considering what longer-term E-CAT recommendations they can action to reduce their bills even further, for example purchasing more energy efficient machinery.

Click here to read the case studies.

Recruitment for the E-CAT trial is on-going. If your business or school would like to take part in the trial please register your interest at e-cat-support@element-energy.co.uk.

Participants are paid £30 for taking part, and a further £20 for providing feedback on the tool and their experience of using it. Users across the retail (including shops, showrooms, hairdressers, etc.) and hospitality (pubs, cafés, restaurants, hotels) sectors are eligible, as are all schools. You do not need a smart meter to participate as we can provide energy monitoring equipment.

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