Mr. Moffitt’s Profits Times – February 2018
DCP161 – Excess Capacity Charges
To avoid extra charges it would be worth checking your bills to ensure that your current available capacity is not being exceeded and that extra charges are not already being incurred.
If you need assistance, please feel free to call me for a chat as to how to go about either revising your available capacity or implementing energy saving measures.
Work Meetings: How Can You Save Time and Energy?
Smallbusiness.co.uk say: “Lack of lists, poor prioritisation, social distractions and not taking breaks are just some of the biggest time management mistakes that people make. However, one of the costliest is unproductive and pointless meetings.
Data reveals that the average SME employee attends 207 meetings every year of which 139 (67 per cent) are a waste of time by not achieving the goal set. When calculating the cost of this, the Harvard Business Review Meeting Cost Calculator suggests employers pay £28 for every hour spent per employee in a meeting. To help reduce the cost of wasted time in meetings, these five steps are recommended:
- Have a clear agenda
- Do all these people really need to attend?
- Schedule a 30 minute meeting instead of an hour.
- Start on time and don’t wait for latecomers.
- No mobile phones in the room.”
From an energy saving point of view, meeting rooms that are needlessly occupied (particularly in late evening/early morning meetings) can incur further unnecessary costs in heating, lighting and other resources. Switch off the lights in the meeting room when the meeting is over.
If you register for a free account at the Carbon Trust, you can have access to multiple free downloadable resources which give advice on energy efficient technology, renewable energy technologies and sector-based advice. The development of these publications has been funded through the Carbon Trust Green Business Fund. Some examples are:
- Lighting overview guide (published Dec 2017)
- Heating, ventilation and air conditioning guide (published Dec 2017)
- Carbon footprinting guide (published Jan 2018)
Are Your Meter Readings Up to Date?
By taking regular meter readings you can ensure that you are being accurately billed for your energy consumption. Photos of the meters showing:
- the meter reading
- the meter serial number, plus
- date the photo was taken
can be useful as proof in any possible queries with the supplier.