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UK’s 1st Coal-power free day

UK’s 1st Coal-power free day since industrial revolution

April 21st 2017 goes down in the history books as the UK’s first day since the industrial revolution began in the late 1700’s without any coal powered generation.

This was the first continuous 24 hour period without coal and is a watershed moment in how our energy system is changing. The major milestone comes as the UK Government consults on plans to phase unabated coal generation by 2025.

Coal plants typically emit more than double the amount of carbon dioxide produced by gas plants for each megawatt hour.

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UK businesses owed millions

Is your business owed money?

Following analysis carried out by a UK utilities consultancy, it has been revealed that one in five businesses have energy bills that contain errors. The total sum that is owed through inaccurate charges and miscalculated utility bills to businesses is expected to be up to £500 million pounds.

Whilst this figure is significant, it’s not surprising considering that up to 80% of businesses, don’t check their invoices for accuracy.

So where do these errors originate?

There’s no single point of origin, as they can arise from across the supply chain, from energy supplier errors to meter operators, data collectors or distribution network operators. Errors can result from imprecise meter reads, wrong charges or system and process errors with changes of tenancy etc. Additionally, human error can also contribute, but more often, it’s due to the complex flows of data between different bodies across the supply chain.

Often there is no way of knowing whether a bill is correct or not, and so historical audits and validation are required to analyse and check the data. Simply checking the invoice total is the same or similar to a previous invoice, does not identify if the charge was correct in the first place.

Significant savings from reclaiming refunds can be achieved in addition to ensuring that charges are accurate for future invoices.

Is your business missing out?

Apply for your audit here – you might get a nice surprise!


Whatever you decide – don’t stay static!

Brussels

So Cool in Brussels

GET Solutions exhibit SolarCool Technology in Brussels

GET Solutions are proud to exhibit the SolarCool thermodynamic system at the Brussels WHG EMEA summit which runs today and tomorrow at the Dolce La Hulpe Hotel.

The Solar Thermodynamic Assisted refrigeration, heating and cooling system is the most energy efficient refrigeration and air conditioning technology on the planet – the hotter it gets, the more efficient the system becomes!

Commercial refrigeration and air conditioning is one of the largest consumers of electricity in today’s world, and therefore this technology is prime for commercial applications.

With over 6,000 commercial installations in the last 3 years, this innovative technology which collects and utilises free natural energy from the sun is set to to be a big hit with businesses wanting to reduce their operational costs.

Find out more on SolarCool here.

2.5 Million face a Bill Price Hike

2.5 Million consumers face an energy bill hike

One of the big six energy suppliers has announced they will raise their standard variable dual fuel tariff by 8.8 per cent, on their standard variable gas and electricity only tariffs by 3.8 and 13.8 per cent respectively.

The cause of the price hike is predominantly due to the increase in supply costs, but also the supplier also recognised costs arising from environmental and social schemes, which support renewable energy in order for customers to use less energy. Such schemes, the supplier announced have led to a 36% increase in the company’s cost base.

Despite the price hikes, the big six supplier, Eon has advised they have a range of initiatives designed to ‘shield’ vulnerable customers from potential adverse impacts. Tony Cocker, chief executive of Eon UK said: “This is the first time since January 2014 that we have increased our standard variable prices”, and also went on to say: “although these costs had been partially ‘offset’ by the company via its wholesale hedging strategy, a price rise was nevertheless necessary”.

Eon have expressed that they will contact their customers with personalised savings messages, expressing how easy it is to swap to another tariff.

Our advice:

Energy consumers, whether they are domestic or commercial need to stay on top of their energy supply contracts and regularly assess the market. Not only is this important if they are to obtain the best deal, but also in order to get the deal that suits their individual consumption pattern.

For domestic consumers click here to compare every single tariff available in the UK in one easy to use platform.

Our business energy advisors can help you reduce your energy costs today – apply here.

Whatever you decide – don’t stay static!

1 Month until Deregulation

It’s your choice!

Next month, your business will be able to select who supplies its clean and waste water services, and decide upon a package that’s right for your business.

News of the pending launch of the water retail market is set to increase over the coming days, with differences of opinion from all sides on the potential impact it will provide. As an example of how things could unfold, we can look at the Scottish market which deregulated in 2008, and also draw from experiences from the deregulation of the UK’s Energy market.

Ultimately, it will come down to individual circumstances, consumption profiles and the billing structure on existing accounts, and this will determine the advantages that can be achieved by deregulation. For some the initial savings will provide reason enough to switch, whereas for others the real value will come from bill analysis, retrospective recovery and switching.

Prior to businesses going to market, they should first of all fully understand their consumption and billing history as they can then align the best package for their needs. The starting point to obtain this information is to analyse your companies’ water bills, but with so many stories in the media around people being significantly over charged, there is no way of knowing the accuracy of this information.

Companies such as ourselves with honed skillsets and services specifically focussed on consumption and procurement, are a natural choice with regards to providing water solutions, and with over 40,000 clients we have a proven track record of utilising market intelligence and group purchasing to deliver successful procurement strategies.

But we are not in the business of simply switching people – our specialty is working alongside our clients as a utility partner, recommending and assisting the deployment of innovative technologies in addition to procurement continuation. With financing through to installation, our objective is to significantly reduce client consumption, and deliver an impressive sustainable cost reduction programme with an equally impressive return on investment.

Our advice:

Consider your options, get an accurate snap shot of your companies’ usage and then go to market. If you don’t have the time, the experience and there is no cost, why not let a company such as ourselves look into it for you?

We can advise on best practice, help achieve retrospective recovery of overpayments for a period of up to 6 years, and provide a choice of excellent water packages including: a Flexible, a 1 Year fixed, 2 Year Fixed or a 3 Year Fixed contracts. So whether you prefer to opt for budget certainty or would rather track the market – we have a water deal to suit your needs.

Whatever you decide – don’t stay static!

With less than a month to go, your competitors may already be testing the water, and have a head start.

Find out more

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26% Switching Surge

According to the latest Energy UK switching data, there has been a 26% increase in the number of consumers changing their energy supply contracts last year – an all-time high since records started in 2013.

This is great news for consumers and demonstrates that it is becoming easier for consumers to switch and move onto a tariff, which is right for them.

It also highlights that some of the smaller and newer energy companies, are providing better incentives, with more competitive tariffs, than some of the traditional energy supply options.

Switching isn’t being widely adopted

However, whilst the signs are encouraging, there are still plenty of us out there, (over 20 million, according to Vickie Sheriff, Campaigns & Communications Director at Which?) that are on some of the most expensive tariffs, and are paying over the odds for the supply of their energy.

Are you one of the 20 million? Find out if you’re on the best available tariff today!

Domestic Consumers click here

Business Consumers click here

GET Switching

Get Switching

GET Switching

In the news today, is the launch of the cheapest dual fuel tariff with 100% renewable electricity on the market, and the best bit – it’s available from our new GET Rewards switching site.

This latest collective switch tariff from LoCO2 Energy can provide a saving on dual fuel bills of an impressive £239 from the big six standard variable tariff.

As a green energy deal with 100% renewable electricity, consumers can pocket the savings whilst helping the planet, a win-win! Furthermore, some of the money that is made from this tariff will be reinvested in new renewable energy projects.

Why should households Switch Supplier?

Currently about 70% of UK households are paying over the odds on energy suppliers ‘standard variable tariffs’ or out of contract rates.

Whenever families move home or their fixed term energy contract comes to an end, they are defaulted on to energy suppliers higher charging ‘standard variable tariff’. With 20.7 million households in the UK as of April to June 2015, the aggregated over payment figure by UK homeowners is approximately £2.9 Billion per year.

In a move to tackle this problem, the Competition and Markets Authority is looking for radical ways to encourage households to engage with the market and seek better deals which could provide typical savings of £200 per year.

DON’T STAY STATIC: Explore the market and see what’s available. For the period (30 Jul – 27 Sep) customers using our service saved an average of £200.32. The maximum saving was £2,537

Visit our GET Rewards Switching site here.