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Measuring your energy use - Business Durham

Measuring your
energy use

Knowledge is power – it provides the understanding so your business can make informed decisions to manage and reduce your energy use.

Knowledge is power – it provides the understanding so your business can make informed decisions to manage and reduce your energy use. Secondly if you don’t know your energy use baseline how can you measure the impact of your actions? 

Check your gas/electric meter readings and provide them to your supplier so you are paying for what you use and nothing more. If you do not send meter readings to your supplier, you will be billed for estimated usage which can often be inaccurate. 

For advice on reading your meter visit this website. 


There will be two main charges on your bill, the unit rate and the standing charge. The unit rate is how much you will pay per 1 kWh of gas or electricity you use, and the standing charge is a fixed cost to connect to the network. These vary depending on your energy tariff and supplier; you can change your energy supplier but be wary of using brokers- if a deal seems too good to be true it probably is, and brokers can take away large commissions leaving you trapped in a contract paying unnecessarily high energy fees. Ofgem has a helpful guide to switching energy providers as a small business.
Ask your supplier to install a smart meter and display as this can provide real time readings and highlight issues


The Carbon Trust has an Energy Benchmark calculator to help you measure your business’s energy use.

Meet the team

Our team of dedicated professionals is always on standby, ready to guide, mentor, and support, ensuring you navigate your business landscape with confidence.

Guy Bashford

Guy Bashford

Business Engagement And Account Manager

Some of  the businesses we've helped

Marmax Products

We have been delighted with the support that Business Durham and their partners have provided our company and with additional funding, we hope to further develop our working practices to safeguard our existing business and expand our capabilities to meet new customer demands and expectations.

Dave Johnson
Managing Director
Redditch Medical

NETPark is a fantastic place to do business in terms of facilities, potential for growth and for collaboration.

Steve Brown
Managing Director
Tekgem

The facilities and ancillary business services here are second to none and the campus feel of the science park suits the culture within the company.

Ian Gemski
Director
SEEDS

The ecosystem in NETPark is just right for us; SEEDS first came here because of its partnership work with the CPI and now our vision is to have a busy lab facility developing various applications and licensing them out to companies.

Peter Chalder-Wood
Head of Strategic Partnerships
Magnitude Biosciences

We expect to more than double the team in Sedgefield to 45 over the next two to three years, with a larger commercial team allowing us to expand our global footprint.

Dr Fozia Saleem
CEO
Wootzano

At a time when the fruit packing labour market is very challenging across Europe and North America, compounded by Brexit, Covid, and the movement of people, Wootzano’s robots are providing a niche solution using game-changing, world-class technology that has been developed here on NETPark.

Jesse Opoku
Chief Operating Officer
Teescraft Engineering

Teescraft Engineering has been a major employer in County Durham for a number of years and I’m delighted that, with grant support through the County Durham Growth Fund, the company is embarking on ambitious plans to significantly expand.

Hazel Sykes
Business Durham
ATT Fabrications

We knew we had the space to add new machines which would not only improve productivity and efficiency but also allow us to add new products and processes, the County Durham Growth Fund helped this happen.

Andrew Devlin
ATT Fabrications
AAA Caring Caretaker

The Caring Caretaker is a company that’s grown from one to a team of 41 and is now, with grant support from the County Durham Growth Fund, in the process of taking its business journey to the next stage, moving to much larger premises and creating a further 10 jobs, cementing its long-term future here in County Durham.

Sarah Slaven
Managing Director, Business Durham
Renovo Solutions

We’ve been incredibly lucky to have secured financial investment from Business Durham which really has been crucial to the growth of the business and fast-tracked our plans in such a short space of time.

Antony Gray
Founder
Ashgarth Engineering

The grant we’ve received from the County Durham Growth Fund has been invaluable to us as without it we probably would have only been able to purchase one machine.

Niall Ash
Director
TO Mounter

We were looking at investing in new machinery which would enable us to expand our client base, and our accountant mentioned the County Durham Growth Fund to us.

Lisa Mounter
General Manager
Creator

Investing in this additional space means we now own our future – we’re not in anyone else’s hands and that’s a fantastic position to be in.

Ryan Carter
Founder
E Catering

We took on more space than we needed to, allowing for our planned growth over the next five years, however with the grant support we’ve had from the County Durham Growth Fund, we are now looking at achieving our projections in the next three years.

Reece Ingham
Head of Finance
Tridonic

It has been a testing couple of years due to the pandemic and this support has been invaluable. Going forwards, we intend to invest further in technology and skills to strengthen our position in this competitive marketplace.

Ben Kennard
Manufacturing and Supply Chain Manager
Newton Press

We’ve got a great team now and looking ahead this year, for us it’s about building on what we have, and then expanding with new orders and further investment at the right times to propel this business forward in this new space.

Stuart Howarth
Sales Director
Dyman Advanced Materials

The machinery we’ve been able to purchase with the support of the County Durham Growth Fund is far more advanced than anything we were using previously and means we’re able to work in a far more exact and precise way.

Dr Gary Gibson
Founder

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