How much do business owners really know about energy saving?

A new survey commissioned by the National Energy Foundation has revealed what British adults really know about energy. And it’s not all that much.

Of the people surveyed, most say that they would like to reduce their energy consumption, either because of the financial cost of using energy (81 per cent) or because of the environmental impact (70 per cent).

When it comes to business, the first step to improving energy efficiency (and cutting company overheads) is appreciating the dynamic of how light and heat is used in context. Interestingly, although three in five (58 per cent) of British adults say that they feel well informed about energy issues – sourcing information from news and documentary programmes on the TV and radio (42 per cent), searching on the internet (32 per cent) and via energy companies directly (22 per cent) – only 41 per cent of energy users know that the UK’s electricity supply comes mainly from fossil-fuel combustion. This means that the majority (59 per cent) do not know the principal source of the UK’s electricity supply.

Not only that but:

  • Only half (50 per cent) of those surveyed correctly identified which type of light bulb uses the least energy (LED) and 35 per cent incorrectly thought that low voltage halogen lights use the least.
  • Only one in ten (11 per cent) adults say that they know how much energy their workplace uses; while eight out of ten believe that private employers (79 per cent) and the government (76 per cent) should provide training and education to teach the public to use energy more efficiently. This compares to the six in ten (57 per cent) who believe that technology will solve our energy problems.

What the survey results suggest is that individuals and organisations need to up their energy literacy…

…making company owners, with a keen sense of how things work, effective in assisting their businesses in energy efficient improvements; reducing carbon footprints and saving money too.

Kerry Mashford, Chief Executive of the National Energy Foundation, has expressed interest in implementing a number of high-impact projects to improve the energy performance of new and existing buildings, inspiring others to do the same – NEF is currently looking for partners to back initiatives.

In the meantime, whether you’re a small business owner or someone managing a large-scale operation (hotels, hospitals, restaurants, police stations etc.), be proactive! Take energy seriously.

For more information on the National Energy Foundation Energy Poll, CLICK HERE for headline survey findings.

Source: – “Energy survey raises concerns: people think they know more about energy issues than they really do”

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Reznor’s new efficiency condensing heater promises to help businesses cut costs

In a time when energy culture is all about carbon reduction and money saving, there is extreme pressure on companies to be as eco-efficient as possible. Matter-of-factly, this can only happen if suppliers and providers rise to the challenge with equal intent – by meeting demand with product. With this in mind, Reznor’s vastly improved RHeco range couldn’t have come at a better time. Designed with business in mind, the systems supplier’s new fully condensing gas fired unit promises to cut overheads by delivering warmth at low cost.

Launched earlier this year, the range features a new primary heat exchanger and an advanced burner with ‘pull through’ combustion and premix technology, which allows for high efficiency condensing heaters that have been developed to deliver thermal efficiencies of up to 109 per cent at minimum load and 100 per cent at full load.

With the system’s advanced technology, the reduction in CO, CO2 and NOx emissions is immense; so much so that RHeco exceeds the requirements of current Building Regulations L2 as well as European norms. The extremely low NOx emissions also enable BREEAM points to be claimed (when applicable). BREEAM sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation and has become one of the most comprehensive and widely recognised measures of a building’s environmental performance. Credit from BREEAM ranks a building high on the sustainability-o-metre, which, along with energy savings made, offers an extremely favourable payback period.

But RHeca’s money-saving possibilities are not all about its ethical content. RHeca’s heating units are made from high quality, corrosion resistant steel, which informs its durability. The system’s tubular primary heat exchanger reduces thermal stress to ensure improved life expectancy, and due to its advanced burner technology delivers optimum reliability and ease of maintenance. In translation: it’s less likely to break and more likely to last a long time.

Other important features include:

  • Versatile flue options (top or rear connections) for ease of installation.
  • High flow axial fan for a powerful air throw, decreases stratification and improves heat distribution.
  • 5:1 turn down ratio for close temperature control. Reduced temperature gradients help prevent stratification.

Reznor has suggested that its RHeca range is ideal for low carbon buildings, with up to 35 per cent energy saving on replacement heaters. For more detail on the RHeco heating range, visit

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