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BUSINESS LIFE: Some home truths on cutting energy bills; MORE FIRMS URGED TO JOIN SCHEME AIMED AT SAVING FUEL AND CASH.

Byline: COLIN LEWIS Business Editor

BUSINESSES across Coventry and Warwickshire are being urged to take part in a scheme to help them save money - and the environment.

The Energy Efficiency Scheme for Employers and Employees (EESEE) encourages staff to adopt energy- saving measures at home in the belief that they will bring these practices into work, thus saving money for their employers.

The scheme is run by the Warwickshire Energy Efficiency Advice Centre (EEAC), a government and local authority-funded organisation which encourages householders and businesses to reduce carbon emissions and fuel bills.

They will reduce their gas and electricity bills, which in turn will reduce the climate change levy, the tax charged on business energy use.

The scheme is already proving successful with several companies and public sector organisations across the area, including Jaguar, Walkers Snack Foods, Warwickshire County Council and South Warwickshire Housing Association.

"Just adopting a few effortless energy-saving measures could save a company a fortune," said special projects officer Cindy Musgrave.

"For example, a PC monitor left on overnight wastes enough energy to laser print 800 A4 pages.

"Companies whose staff adopt the energy-saving practices recommended on the EESEE scheme could save on average 10 to 15 per cent on their fuel bills, which increases their profit margins and gives them the competitive edge."

The scheme involves distributing questionnaires to staff, hosting quizzes and organising exhibitions. Organisations interested in finding out more about the scheme can ring the EEAC on freephone 0800 085 0289.

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ALL-ROUND BENEFITS: Warwickshire Energy Efficiency Advice Centre manager David Jullien (above) and the centre's special projects officer Cindy Musgrave (right) want more firms in Coventry and Warwickshire to play their part in protecting the environment
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 22, 2003
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