Healthcare buildings face large increases on their business energy every year. Care homes, opticians and dentists need varied levels of gas and electricity. However, they are often on a one size fits all tariff. This presents a number issues, and they are left overpaying for their energy.
Buildings have different requirements. Spaces need adequately heated and ventilated or house special equipment. Not matching these needs has an impact on health service. It also has an impact on bills, but it doesn't need to.
If you feel that you are paying high rates for your energy, we can help. Switching to a cheaper business energy tariff can save you hundreds every year.
How to lower energy bills in healthcare?
Many healthcare services are open 24 hours a day. Whilst clinics, dentists and opticians, tend to have long operating hours and higher energy use. These factors can have a huge impact on your energy bills. Being on the correct tariff is crucial to maximising savings. For example, healthcare facilities open 24 hours per day may benefit from Economy 7 or 10 tariffs. This means that these facilities will pay a lower rate during off-peak hours. This can offer large savings if large amounts of energy is being using during the night, or at weekends.
As stated by the Carbon Trust, the healthcare sector spends over £400 million a year on energy. It has been estimated that around 30% of this energy is wasted. Healthcare facilities could make significant savings by increasing their energy efficiency.
A great deal of healthcare providers overpay for their gas and electricity. These costly overheads get passed on to their service users. This lowers available funds for development and investment.
Business Energy offer a range of unique tariffs to businesses in the healthcare sector. Our comparison service is designed to find some of the best energy deals available. Our experts can provide advice on which tariffs would better suit your business.
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Energy saving tips for healthcare
It’s crucial that you keep track of your energy consumption and make changes to boost your efficiency. Not only could this help to reduce costs, it can also lower your carbon footprint.
Heating use in healthcare
In care homes, heating can account for around 70% of the overall energy use. Old and vulnerable residents tend to be more sensitive to the cold, so temperatures are often set high. This coupled with 24 hour running times can lead to high energy bills.
There are multiple way's healthcare services can manage heating costs. It can be done without compromising the comfort and safety of residents and service users. Examples include:
- Upgrading appliances such as boilers, heaters and radiators
- Turning thermostats down by as low as 1° – this can save you up to £60 per year .
- Using central heating instead of costly electric heaters
- Zoned heating
- Double glazing
Investing in areas such as maintenance and efficiency can help to cut costs. For example, ensuring that your boiler receives an annual service can improve efficiency by up to 15%. Replacing traditional incandescent bulbs with LED lighting can help to lower energy costs.
Changing your energy consumption
An energy audit can help you understand your energy usage and allow you to flag inefficiencies. All you have to do is take some time to think about how your business uses energy.
For instance, do you leave your appliances on standby or leave them on overnight? You’re likely to be wasting a significant amount of energy. Switching equipment and appliances off overnight can reduce your energy bills.
If you’d like to improve your business’ green credentials, consider selecting a renewable energy provider. Investing in a renewable energy source will reduce your reliance on expensive fossil fuels. You can invest in solar panels or wind turbines (if you have the space).
You can even use this to generate extra income through the Feed-In-Tariff scheme.
Switch healthcare energy suppliers in one place with Business Energy
At Business Energy, we aim to ensure that healthcare providers have access to the cheap business energy deals. You can feel confident in knowing that you have the most suitable tariff for your needs.
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How long does it take to switch healthcare business energy suppliers?
The process for switching business energy suppliers can take longer than a domestic energy supplier switch.
On average, a business supplier switch can take around 4-6 weeks. Bear in mind that timescales can vary.
Can I compare energy suppliers for more than one location?
Healthcare businesses with multiple locations can consolidate bills with a multi-site energy tariff.
This way, you can manage all your sites through one account and keep track of your energy consumption and costs.
We offer expert advice on multi-site energy contracts and can help you find the best deal for your business.
Is there a cost involved in switching my business energy?
Comparing energy prices and switching suppliers is free of charge with Business Energy.
If your contract with your current supplier is still active, you may be charged an early exit fee. Review your contract or contact your current supplier before you cancel to find out if you will be charged. The savings you can make by switching suppliers can outweigh the early exit fee. Our experts can advise you on this.