Business energy customers 'will struggle to improve efficiency'

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Business energy customers may have to look to solutions other than taking a green approach when it comes to reducing their fuel bills.

That is because, in the opinion of Manchester City Council, it will be difficult for firms to improve power consumption rates in commercial property.

Indeed, many organisations could simply turn to a switch of energy provider as one way to tackle rising bills.

Michael O'Doherty, head of climate change for buildings and energy at the council, says: "The real challenge […] is going to be the commercial sector. When tenants understand the benefits and are prepared to pay a premium for energy-efficient buildings that is when the market will move."

He says firms must simply do more to become sustainable and drive down their use of energy.

It follows comments made recently by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors that suggested the UK's house building industry must become greener if it is to help the country overcome its property shortage.

Posted by Richard Eden

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