Keeping winter heating costs under control

Posted on 21 Oct 2011 by The Manufacturer

Turning down the thermostat by just one degree could save business and the public sector over £35m/yr in energy bills, according to new guidance published today by the Carbon Trust.

With the UK now forking out around £450m each year on heating workplaces, the Carbon Trust has launched two new guides to help organisations save up to 30% on rising winter heating bills.

In the service sector, for example, heating accounts for over 75% of companies’ fuel bills, but simple measures such as resetting timers and replacing old controls could save 15% on annual heating costs. Lowering heating by just one degree can further save a company up to 8% of fuel consumption.

Companies wishing to know how to slash their heating bill this winter can download the guides or sign up to the Carbon Trust’s free training webinar on 31st October at 11:30am. To secure your place, go to

Richard Rugg, Director of Carbon Trust Programmes, said: “Many companies are in for an energy cost shock in the coming weeks as the temperature drops and heating bills rise. Insulate yourself against rising costs by making sure your system is serviced and the controls are set correctly this Autumn. To find out how, companies simply need to follow our straightforward guides or give us a call for some free advice.”

The expert advisors at the Carbon Trust Advice Line (0800 085 2005) are on hand to help you decide which heating improvements will work for you, and can also help you develop a free, bespoke Energy Saving Plan containing a range of other cost saving opportunities.