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Businesses wanting to cut energy costs should take advantage of the summer months to set energy saving measures in place. The advice comes with new research from npower revealing that employees are more in the mood for cutting energy use in the summer.

In a YouGov poll conducted for npower, 42% of employees said that they were most likely to take energy saving actions over the next three months ' more than at any other time of year ' with an impressive 93% of respondents agreeing that energy efficiency in the summer is important.

As a result, npower is urging businesses to make the most of the feel-good factor to set energy saving strategies in place, and is searching for businesses across the UK to put themselves forward to receive a visit from its e-force team of energy advisers. The e-force team will carry out an energy makeover of the business' premises and put in place equipment and actions that will cut energy consumption, free of charge.

Fifty seven per cent of respondents believed that the organisation they work for is wasting energy and only just over half (52%) had been encouraged to save energy at work, suggesting much more can be done to improve energy efficiency.

A quarter of respondents believed that getting staff to take action was one of the challenges to making energy savings in the workplace.

'The results may come as a surprise to businesses, which might expect more attention to be focused on energy saving during the winter when heating and lighting are in demand. Businesses can cut costs by looking at ways to save energy in the workplace and encouraging their staff to get involved throughout the year,' said npower business head of sales Raymond McGloin.

npower has developed e3 ' energy, efficiency, environment ' a toolkit of advice and technology to help small businesses save money and energy. This summer, npower will bring e3 direct to the doorsteps of small businesses with the launch of e-force.

'Saving energy to cut costs can be done through simple steps that make a big difference and all types of business be they an office, a pub or a chip shop can benefit. Our e-force team will show that energy efficiency is quick and easy to achieve and needn't cost the earth to make a real difference,' McGloin said.

Businesses can enter the competition at www.npower.com/eforce

More details of the npower business e-force search are available on www.npower.com/e3

Article Date: 03 July 2008

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