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Get Control Over Your Business Energy Bills With Renewable Energy Solutions

Posted by Paul Tuson on January 23rd , 2023

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Businesses in the United Kingdom face many challenges when it comes to energy bills – especially given the large price hikes we’ve seen in 2022 following the start of the Ukraine War. Rising costs and strict government regulations make it difficult to keep control of expenses. One way to ease the burden is to switch away from mains power to more renewable energy solutions. Lowe & Oliver is an industrial lighting and power specialist that can help you make the switch and achieve long-term savings on your business energy bills.

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Advantages Of Renewable Energy Solutions

There are many advantages to implementing renewable energy solutions, whatever the size and nature of your premises, including lower emission levels and increased energy-efficiency. Here are some specific benefits that your business may experience:

1) Lower energy bills for heating and lighting: Switching to renewables will likely lead to reduced energy bills in the long run, recouping your initial investment after just a few years. This is because once you've made the upfront capital investment in solar panels or wind turbines, the power they generate is free. In contrast, traditional forms of mains energy derived from electricity (via fossil fuel power stations) and gas must be continually purchased, leading to higher expenses over time – and very little control over tariffs for budgeting purposes.

2) Improved public image: Even without the current extortionate energy rates, in recent years, there has been a growing awareness among the public about the need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. As a result, businesses and public organisations that make the switch to renewable energy solutions often find that their public image improves. This can be beneficial for marketing purposes and can help attract new customers.

3) Increased efficiency: Renewable energy solutions are often more efficient at powering appliances and electric networks than traditional forms of energy. For example, solar panels can convert sunlight directly into usable electricity with little wasted energy, while coal-fired power plants have relatively low conversion rates once the power reaches your network through the National Grid. This increased efficiency can lead to significant cost savings over time.

Disadvantages Of Renewable Energy Solutions

Of course, there are also some disadvantages of switching to renewable energy solutions that you should be aware of before making any capital investments or major changes to your infrastructure. These include:

  1. Initial investment: The initial investment required for renewable energy solutions can be high, especially for larger premises and heritage buildings. For example, installing a solar panel system on the roof of a school or large office can cost tens of thousands of pounds. However, this cost is often partially offset by government incentives and long-term savings on energy bills.
  2. Maintenance: Renewable energy solutions require regular maintenance in order to function properly, which must be factored into the long-term cost of ownership. Solar panels, for instance, must be cleaned regularly in order to prevent a build-up of dirt and dust that can reduce their efficiency.
  3. Weather dependency: Some types of renewable energy such as solar and wind power are dependent on favourable weather conditions in order to generate electricity. As the modern British climate is gloriously unpredictable, this means that your assets may not be able produce enough power during periods of bad weather, which could lead to blackouts or brownouts unless you also have a reliable mains connection.

How Lowe & Oliver Can Help - Renewable Energy Solutions For Businesses In The UK

Switching your business over to renewable energy solutions can provide many advantages in terms of lower emissions, increased efficiency, and improved sustainability profile. However, it's important to be aware of the disadvantages such as the spend required and the dependence on favourable weather conditions before making the switch. While UK businesses stand to gain significantly from investing in renewable energy, not many organisations are able to move completely off grid.

At Lowe & Oliver, we have a team of experienced renewable energy specialists who can help you make the switch to renewable energy in a way that suits your organisational objectives and sustainability goals. We will work with you to assess your needs and find the best solution for your business. To learn more about our services, please contact us today!

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