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esave's Twelve days of Christmas: On the Ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Nine Ladies Dancing

Here at esave we decided to do something different this year to celebrate Christmas, so we took a different perspective on a Christmas classic. We hope you enjoy and learn something new. See you in the New Year.

“On the Ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Nine Ladies Dancing”

After doing a little bit of research, we discovered that the nine ladies in the song represent the nine fruits of the Spirit which are: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are all strong and admiral values to live by.

We believe that organisations should be held to similar values so that customers can be reassured that they are being cared for and getting the best service possible. Here at esave we have our own set of values (not quite 9) which represent the way that we work with our clients as well as the way we work with each other.

  • We FOCUS ON CLIENTS - going the extra mile. DRIVEN by our customers and genuine CARE and ENTHUSIASM for doing the best we can
  • We are TRUSTED, HONEST, TRANSPARENT and DO THE RIGHT THING
  • We are CONSISTENT in everything that we do
  • We are PROFESSIONAL and maintain a good REPUTATION. Speed and quality of delivery is important to us
  • We take OWNERSHIP and GET INVOLVED. SELF-MOTIVATED with a PRIDE in our work, we are HARD-WORKING and COMMITTED to doing the best for our customers, and accept ACCOUNTABILITY for our work
  • We are SUSTAINABLE, using RESOURCES EFFECTIVELY and APPROPRIATELY
  • We are COMMERCIALLY AWARE, FLEXIBLE in our approach - spotting opportunities to build client relationships. INNOVATIVE in the solutions and services that we deliver
  • We value our colleagues across the business and the job that they do, REWARDING them fairly for doing a good job

With these values at our core, we have developed into a successful, experienced and ambitious organisation, trusted by our customers to help and advise them, empowering them to improve their efficiency, deliver business sustainability and protect their profits.


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“On the First day of Christmas my true love sent to me a Partridge in a Pear Tree”

Since the beginning of the 21st century, it has been common knowledge that the use of fossil fuel is unsuitable, extremely damaging to the environment and the main cause of climate change. In response, some organisations have taken it upon themselves to find alternative ways to power their business and mitigate their environmental impact. One of the most popular solutions has been the introduction of biomass boilers which uses wood as the one of its fuel sources. Although this is less harmful than fossil fuels and is deemed to be 90% more carbon efficient than conventional boilers, it still has its own issues. These include the cost of fuel and the loss of functional ecosystems that are crucial to the absorption of carbon dioxide.

With this in mind, there is a less harmful and cheaper way that organisations can improve their resource management and be environmentally responsible. We recently launched a service which offers businesses a structured and unified approach to their contract and resource management. This enables them to maximise the benefits and savings that lie within their utilities, whilst helping them become more energy efficient and reducing their energy consumption. We call this service esaver and it has already delivered for our customers. In just one of our customers sites, it was able to reduce electricity costs by 7%, >£20000, and as a result the programme is being extended across their other sites. Click here to find out more about esaver.

 

 “On the Second day of Christmas my true love sent to me Two Turtle Doves”

The growing issues of climate change means that we all need to take responsibility and work towards solving it. One example of this has been the increase in non-commodity costs such as green taxes in energy bills. Although we are all familiar with the terminologies, it is easy to forget the consequences that lie behind them. That’s why when organisations learn that they are paying green taxes like CfD’s and CCL’s to combat climate change, they often wonder why they should have to. 

It is not an understatement to say that climate change is one of the greatest dangers facing the world at the moment and if we don’t start taking action soon, there will not be a world to worry about. One such consequence of global warming is the dramatic decline of the turtle dove. Over the last few decades their population has dropped by 62% caused mainly by habitat destruction and climate change. There are millions of examples like this which serve to highlight the impact of climate change and the importance of these green taxes. With the revenue generated, the government can work towards developing low carbon, sustainable and more secure forms of energy which can be used to power green business and safeguard our future.   

 

 “On the Third day of Christmas my true love sent to me Three French Hens”

We were surprised when we found out that the French hen is also known as the “Utility fowl” due to its versatility. During the latter part of the 1800’s the French began to use it as a trading commodity with the United Kingdom. To this day France still trades utilities with the UK, albeit not in the form of birds. Along with other countries around Europe, France supplies gas & power to the UK via its interconnectors. This can have a big influential on the UK’s energy prices and is one of many factors that have to be considered when analysing the market prices. In fact with the planned and unplanned maintenance to French power plants this year, we have seen UK energy prices fluctuate significantly as a result.

 Securing a utility contract when the price is right is the first step in achieving long-term savings. However, tracking and understanding the market can prove very time consuming and difficult. To help, we publish a weekly market update which provides annual, monthly and weekly prices comparisons along with our expert analysis. Click here to see the latest update.

 

“On the Fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Four Calling Birds”

The calling birds being referenced here were once canaries which are famous for their musical bird song. However if asked, most people would link canaries to mines as they were used as early carbon monoxide detectors. Unfortunately, due to their delicate respiratory system, they were very good at detecting air pollution and saved a lot of miner’s lives in the process. Thankfully times have changed and we no longer use canaries for detection, however air pollution is still a very big issue for modern society. Causes of this pollution are our reliance on transportation, power generation and industrial processes. It is estimated that air pollution costs the UK economy £20bn a year in public health costs alone. Aside from the cost to the economy, this has a massive impact on businesses across the country in the form of loss of productivity and sick days. This is why we believe that sustainability in business isn’t just about profitability, but it’s about safe guarding the environment and providing a beneficial work place for employees. 

 

“On the Fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Five Gold Rings”

We don’t think many people will be receiving 5 gold rings for Christmas, especially considering all the modern gifts that are on offer. There is a better chance that they will receive a box set or the latest mobile phone. Here is a fun fact for you, each mobile phone is estimated to contain 50mg of gold not to mention other precious metals and materials (as if you need another reason to buy one). The downside to all this is that, as a society, we have developed a throw away culture. This means that one day phones like these and other products will just be thrown away for the latest trends. It goes without saying that this is a very wasteful and damaging practice. It is for this reason that the circular economy model was developed, which aims to minimise waste by reusing and recycling resources wherever possible.

 Ultimately, businesses adopting this approach should benefit by improving efficiency, reducing resource costs and reducing waste. Click here to read our blog which provides more information on the circular economy and how organisations can adopt the model.

 

“On the Sixth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Six Geese a-Laying”

This reminded us of the scene from Charlie and the chocolate factory in which geese are laying the golden eggs. For many in our industry, the emergence of the utility market has become their golden goose as they see it as an opportunity to increase their bank accounts at the expense of customers. Over the last few years we have heard lots of horror stories involving organisations being misled or ripped off by energy brokers and TPI’s. These include hidden commissions, ridiculous and unnecessary chargers as well as backroom deals with suppliers. After speaking with one organisation it we discovered that 25% of their energy bill was added commission by their energy broker. What makes this worse is that some brokers will add this commission and still charge you a separate fee.

We feel that as a consultant within the energy supply industry, our main duty should be to help clients save money & resources, by applying our expertise, and we know that we are not alone. That’s why we would still strongly recommend using a 3rd party to negotiate and source your electricity and gas contracts, and help you manage your energy costs/use. Ethical energy brokers/consultants provide extremely valuable services to their clients, saving money and time sorting out what is undoubtedly an increasingly complex issue for most businesses. Many, like ourselves at esave, will also look to help reduce resource consumption (energy, gas, etc) by providing expert professional help and extra support like software tools. Saving money is clearly good business, as is saving resources, but it can be difficult. Of course getting good advice costs money and we all want to make a healthy profit but it shouldn't be extortionate.

 

“On the Seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me Seven Swans a-Swimming”

There are few things more elegant than watching swans swimming on a lake, so much so that a ballet was based on it. One thing that makes this image so appealing is the vision of a clear crisp lake through which the swans majestically glide. Sadly you don’t have to spend long before you find yet another story about water pollution and what little changes in policy and our behaviour could put an end to it. As organisations we have a responsibility and obligation to do as much as we can to preserve our freshwater sites for future generations

One way to do this is by becoming part of the Alliance for Water Stewardship program (AWS). This is a global membership-based collaboration which promotes the responsible use of freshwater that is socially and economically beneficial and environmentally sustainable.

Here at esave we have the skills and knowledge to help organisations improve their water management, lower their environmental impact and meet the requirements set by the AWS.

 

“On the Eighth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Eight Maids a-Milking”

One of the greatest issues facing the world at the moment is climate change which costs the UK £bn’s annual. The main causes of this is the levels of greenhouse gasses that are present in our atmosphere. One of the sources of these gases is cattle and other livestock which accounts for 10% of the UK’s greenhouse emission. This is largely due to the amount of methane that they produce. Although there is less of it produced and it doesn’t last as long in the atmosphere compared with CO2, methane is far more potent as a greenhouse gas as it captures more of the sun’s radiative force. However a far greater contributor of greenhouse gases are the UK’s transport, energy and business sectors which together produce 70% of the UK’s emission.

In order to monitor and control the impact that organisations have on the environment and reduce their overall emissions, quoted companies have been required to report their annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in their directors’ report since 2013.

Defra (the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) has estimated that reporting will contribute to saving four million tonnes of CO2e emissions by 2021. By measuring and reporting GHG emissions companies can begin to set targets and put in place carbon management initiatives to reduce emissions in the future.

We have helped organisations across the country complete these reports and implement carbon management initiatives since the policy was announced. Follow the link to find out more information.

 

“On the Ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Nine Ladies Dancing”

After doing a little bit of research, we discovered that the nine ladies in the song represent the nine fruits of the Spirit which are: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are all strong and admiral values to live by.

We believe that organisations should be held to similar values so that customers can be reassured that they are being cared for and getting the best service possible. Here at esave we have our own set of values (not quite 9) which represent the way that we work with our clients as well as the way we work with each other.

  • We FOCUS ON CLIENTS - going the extra mile. DRIVEN by our customers and genuine CARE and ENTHUSIASM for doing the best we can
  • We are TRUSTED, HONEST, TRANSPARENT and DO THE RIGHT THING
  • We are CONSISTENT in everything that we do
  • We are PROFESSIONAL and maintain a good REPUTATION. Speed and quality of delivery is important to us
  • We take OWNERSHIP and GET INVOLVED. SELF-MOTIVATED with a PRIDE in our work, we are HARD-WORKING and COMMITTED to doing the best for our customers, and accept ACCOUNTABILITY for our work
  • We are SUSTAINABLE, using RESOURCES EFFECTIVELY and APPROPRIATELY
  • We are COMMERCIALLY AWARE, FLEXIBLE in our approach - spotting opportunities to build client relationships. INNOVATIVE in the solutions and services that we deliver
  • We value our colleagues across the business and the job that they do, REWARDING them fairly for doing a good job

With these values at our core, we have developed into a successful, experienced and ambitious organisation, trusted by our customers to help and advise them, empowering them to improve their efficiency, deliver business sustainability and protect their profits.

   

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