Businesses in County Durham could save thousands of pounds on their energy bills each year by taking advantage of an energy saving advice scheme.
Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the county have until the beginning of September this year to apply forfully-funded, impartial guidance on making savings to their energy use via the Business Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP).
So far, since BEEP was launched two years ago, the project has supported 200 businesses, sharing personalised advice and funding support, helping SMEs to make real financial savings on their utility bills.
As a result of the project, some SMEs have received grant funding towards the cost of installing more efficient equipment and lighting into their businesses.
However, companies themselves have also invested money to improve their energy use, investing a total of £350,000 in new technologies.
Among the businesses to have benefited is Crystel Beauty in Consett, which has converted its heating system from electric to gas with the help of a BEEP grant. Owner Tracy Young was faced with big energy bills during the winter months because her heating was provided through costly electric heaters.
After receiving an audit from BEEP, she realised she could make substantial savings each year by extending the heating system from the barbers next door, which she also managed, and installing LED lighting.
Changing to gas central heating from electrical heaters has made a huge difference.