Are you a small business worried about rising energy prices? Energy Alton CIC, a founding member of ACAN, is offering free, independent and tailored energy advice to small businesses across East Hampshire.
Energy Alton is a social enterprise run by volunteers that has been running a successful free home energy advice service for the past 10 years – which has now been extended to small businesses.
Trained volunteers are available to carry out free energy surveys at business premises. They will look at how a building could be improved to reduce heat loss and suggest a range of solutions, from draught proofing to insulation.
The survey will also cover advice around heating systems, hot water appliances and lighting plus how ventilation could be upgraded to reduce the risk of damp and condensation. It is followed up with a written report which details all the ways in which energy costs can be reduced plus information on installers and funding.
After a steep increase in their energy bills, The Kings Arms Youth Centre in Alton contacted Energy Alton for advice on how they could heat their building more efficiently. A volunteer surveyor identified several measures to reduce heat loss – including loft and internal wall insulation, secondary glazing, thermal curtains plus replacing oil filled radiators with more efficient programmable storage heaters.
Will Schofield, Operations Manager (pictured above), said “Mike was brilliant and answered all my questions – it was good to have advice on different options. I didn’t have the time to research it all myself, so I really appreciated having a report which helped me create an action list.” Will is now getting quotes for much of the suggested work and is looking forward to a warmer and cheaper winter next year.