British garden centres are missing out on savings of up to 63 per cent on their energy bills – even during the summer - on energy they don’t need says Vickers Energy Group.
The company is urging them to realign their energy systems to ultimately save money – sometimes as much as £7,500 which is equivalent to 250,014 kWh and represents a reduction in CO2 emissions of 46 tonnes.
Vickers Energy Group is calling for the changes after it carried out a study into wasted energy usage in the garden centre industry during the summer.
Vickers analysed the output on various industrial units and the unnecessary energy that was being used during summer. The results clearly show that energy systems are not being managed properly and that they are in operation for too long a period or at a higher temperature than they need to be.
Vickers Energy Group managing director David Hilton said: "Many garden centres fall into the trap of forgetting about their energy bills during the summer. This is the most important time to review it and ensure that the system in place is one that works properly and doesn’t present huge bills and consumption.
"Summer is the time when businesses should be considering whether their heating system regulates consumption across the different zones at the same time. We are campaigning for a total re think of energy policies as our research clearly shows that businesses across the UK could be saving millions. It’s no use putting it on the back burner until autumn when consumption typically increases and bills rise even further. The UK industry as a whole has to take more responsibility for its energy consumption and ensure that is it cutting down where it can, and maintaining the correct working environment."
Through a single centralised control unit the Vickers Energy System regulates the heating across different temperature zones to the nearest kilowatt hour.