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23 Jun

Leaving EU Equivalent to Writing a Blank Cheque

by Sarah Wilkinson
 
Leaving EU linked to writing blank cheques with no survey, assessments of risk or foundations says one of Britain’s leading Care Home providers.   Warnings have been written to staff of 14 000 by a personal felt duty from Chai Patel, the executive chairman of HC-One, regarding voting to leave the EU. Suggesting the leave would provoke risks to the “care we deliver, the livelihoods of our colleagues and the company’s future.” Patel contributed the previous as advice and the company is by no means telling their staff exactly how to vote. HC-One runs hundreds of homes for the elderly, they evaluated the shortage in the UK’s nursing system and the urge for carers, housekeepers and catering staff in recent times. “HC-One has relied on the work of colleagues from around the world, including Europe, to provide the kind of professional services we are proud of,” Patel said “Britain leaving the EU could have profound effect on our national economy and in turn on public spending. The care sector would struggle to absorb another cut in spending.” Labour warned that a Brexit vote could lead to “deeper cuts to social care” and leave thousands of liable people without fundamental care and support. Labour ventilated a new analysis regarding their recent finding that the funding for councils could be executed by more than £500m by the end of the decade in the event of a vote to leave the EU. Heidi Alexander, the shadow in health care secretary, said “In the worst case scenario, the government would have to cut council budgets by more than half a billion pounds if it were to stick to its pledge of balancing the books by the end of the decade.” She regarded today’s vote being “more than about our membership to the EU. It’s about protecting the people who rely on our public services from even deeper cuts under this Tory government.” Labour have also disclosed that leaving the EU would harm funding for Britain’s young people as about £350m a year of cash from Brussels goes towards helping them into work. Nick Thomas-Symonds, a shadow employment minister, said at a time when 865 000 16 – 24 year olds are not in education, employment or training and the government are slashing support for the long-term unemployed, Britain cannot afford to lost the billions of pounds of European money that fund schemes. Gisela Stuart, Kate Hoey, John Mann and Graham Stringer said in a joint statement: “Two-thirds of George Osborne and David Cameron’s austerity cuts could have been avoided if we had been able to keep the money we give to the EU and spend it at home instead.” In conclusion, it is clear that the Social Care sector have a strict opinion on staying in the European Union in order to protect what they believe is right for the people in their industry. Something as a Nation we have to respect in this historic time in our life, is the opinion of others, which everyone is entitled to – as we know.
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20 Jun

Business Electricity per kWh

by Sarah Wilkinson
 
Understanding your business electricity per kWh and other charges on your business electricity bill is the key to realising if you’re paying too much on your electricity. Although many people may not realise it, the price that you pay for your energy is made up typically by two different charges: Standing charge – Regardless of how much gas or electricity you use, your standing charge will not adjust to your consumption as it is a fixed amount that you are charged each day. This typically £ per day, or pence per day subject to the size of your meter. Like your BT telephone line rental. Unit rate – this is the price you agree to pay per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of energy, this will make up most cost of your bill. In recent years OFGEM have made it mandatory for electricity suppliers to display your contract end date, and the electricity per kWh being charged and other factors which contribute to the cost of your electricity bill.   Here we’ll explain top 4 tips for finding the cheapest business electricity per p/kwh, you can also visit our Business Electricity page for more info: Tip 1 Have you just recently moved in to the business premises? Business electricity per kWh rates are cheapest when you have an arranged agreement in place. If you do not have an agreement in place rates are typically double. A fixed tariff means your unit rates halt at one price for the extent of the plan – usually 12 months. Your rates would not change regardless of an increase in wholesale prices given by your supplier as your contract is fixed. Tip 2 Switch suppliers. Shopping around and looking for a new supplier can benefit you greatly. You’re not obliged to stay with the same supplier forever, cheaper rates could be right in front of your eyes but you just haven’t seen them yet. Tip 3 Is it possible for you to switch to an Economy 7 meter? Day time business electricity rates per kWh can be painfully expensive. Only a limited group of energy providers encourage this tariff now, and the issue is that a number of people are still on Economy 7 when it’s not right for their business. Daytime rates can be hideous, so you can end up massively overpaying. Tip 4 For you to find the cheapest electricity prices for your business can be assisted by introducing energy efficiency measurements into your business. By doing this, you can accurately see how much electricity you use and therefore you can give precise readings to your future energy provider enabling them to deliver the cheapest rates to you. You can do this by introducing: A live monitor – by adding this onto your meter you can look upon live usage meaning you can feedback accurate usage when receiving a business electricity quote. Smart Meters – Smart meters really do as they say on the tin, by installing one you will find they monitor accurate usage which feeds back to your provider for them to bill you flawlessly on your electricity usage. Management software – Using management software will allow you to track time and usage at those peak working hours of the day. Click here for more information on Management Software’s.
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9 Jun

Euro’s 2016 Powered By Recycled Cooking Oils

by Sarah Wilkinson
 
A football stadium powered by chip fat? For the UEFA Champions League 2016? Chip fat?   Us Brit’s love a good ‘Chippy tea’ on a Friday evening so an abundance of chip fragrance glazing the St. Etienne’s Stade Geoffroy-Guichard stadium seems somewhat fantastic. Yes… you heard correctly. Local authorities have made the decision to trial biofuel made from recycled cooking oils to power the games. The Euro’s 2016 matches will be held at St. Etienne’s Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, France, starting from Friday 10th June – Sunday 10th July. The biofuel the local authorities aspire to use is made from recycled cooking oil which has been collected by a registered, licenced waste carrier company. The biofuel scheme is the most recent in a number of environmental initiatives at the ground, it is claimed that a glamourous 50% of energy consumed in the 42 000 seat stadium, which is known in France as ‘The Cauldron’ or the ‘Green Hell’, comes from green sources. The local authority St. Etienne Metropole (SEM) hopes to extend the biofuel scheme over and above the stadium. This could be the future for all football stadiums, something that we can’t complain about! Several nearby communes have committed to using biofuel for heating municipal buildings. 4 matches will be held at the stadium including: Iceland vs Portugal, Czech Republic vs Croatia, Slovakia vs England, as well as one of the four quarter finals matches. In 2007, solar panels were installed into the stadium resulting in the energy of which was collected has been sold to EDF Energy – rainwater is also collected and used where possible. When the matches are taking place, all materials used will be recyclable meaning the fans will be drinking from recycled plastic cups yet to be recycled again allowing any waste that is collected after the matches to be classified to be recycled. We wish every team the best of luck and let the games commence! For more information regarding the UEFA Champions League 2016 click here. For any other general enquiries in relation to biofuel/gas/electricity please be sure to give us a call on 0800 781 7626.
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2 Jun

Half Hourly Electricity: A Full Breakdown

by Sarah Wilkinson
 
Every day in the energy market things are changing, it can get a little frustrating from time to time trying to keep up with the new rules and regulations. We don’t want you to feel left in the dark regarding half hourly meters. Therefore we have tried to break it down as best we can to hopefully ease your mind. Essentially, sites with a pinnacle load above 100kW are required to be introduced to a half hourly (HH). Half hourly meters can also be referred to as 00 meters. HH record data from consumption every 30 minutes – this information is communicated to the Supplier. Half hourly meters can be found in a stretch of economic sites   Ranging from call centres, manufacturing sites, supermarkets all the way to sites which consume as much as places like Manchester Airport, half hourly meters can be found everywhere! Over 160, 000 sites are affected by this so it is definitely worth checking if you are part of this large number, further explanation on finding out how can be found below. If your site requires a HH it is vital you have a Meter Operator (MOP). MOP is an organisation in the energy industry who hold the responsibility for installing and maintaining electricity and gas meters. They also provide the technical meter details to the Data Collector to enable collection of consumption data. A HH Data Collector is in charge of collecting HH consumption data from the meter. The data is then certified and passed to the supplier for billing. HH meters allow you to understand your consumption and provides you with a reliable source of information for your businesses energy management. What more could you ask for? HH meters can be a great way to save your business money for other beneficial investments. Finding out if you have a HH meter is easy. All you have to do is check the number next to your supply number marked ‘S’ – if the number reads 00 then you have a half-hourly meter. Pricing for HH can vary. The following charges may appear on your bill if you have a HH Meter: Energy Charges: based on your usage, usually split between day and night. Once you are on a HH meter, you should never receive an estimated bill. This is measured in kWh. Capacity Charges: this charge relates to the Available Capacity for your site. The Average Capacity is the demand for your site which is agreed with the Distribution Network Operator (DNO) and they ensure this is available to you. Reactive Power Charge: this is the difference between the working power and the total power consumed. If a site has a high reactive power, more current has to flow to provide the same output. This means more capacity has to be provided, potentially increasing costs for DNO.   If you would like to know more about half hourly meters then please do not hesitate to call us on 0800 781 7626 or alternatively take a look at our dedicated half hourly electricity page by following this link: https://www.d-energi.com/products/half-hourly-electricity/
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