Energy Know How

The place to expand your energy management knowledge

In the ever-evolving world of energy management, staying up-to-date with the latest approaches and developments can be challenging and time consuming.

Customers often ask us to share examples of best practice, case studies and new thinking on how to maximise energy savings.

So we’re creating this Energy Know-How section to provide energy professionals with access to a growing repository of information and resources to help increase your knowledge and understanding.

You’ll find a selection of information that will be continuously added to, from reports to video blogs, case studies to information on energy management skills training.

If there’s anything you’d particularly like to see, do please let us know and we’ll do our best to source something appropriate to share.

Top tips: Managing and maximising Triad season

Managing and maximising Triad season is one way to help control business energy costs, but understanding what they are, when the season runs to and from and how to navigate it, may not seem like the most simple of tasks.

If you’ve ever asked ‘what is a Triad?’, ‘why do I need to know about them?’ and ‘will they affect my business?’, then our top tips are certainly for you.

The Triad season runs from November to February, so now is the time to make sure you’re armed with all the information you need to be in a position to maximise the energy saving opportunities during this period.

At npower Business Solutions we can help, and we’ve produced a useful graphic that introduces Triads in five easy steps. It’s completely free to download and keep, so don’t miss out.

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June top tips

Non-commodity charges make up a significant proportion of overall energy costs but have you considered the opportunity for potential financial savings here? With so many non-commodity costs to potentially consider, understanding, managing and, attempting to minimise them, can be tricky. However, with the right knowledge, planning and support, significant financial savings can be made. This month, Helen Gardner, Market Change Manager at npower Business Solutions, gives us her expert insight on the key considerations to be mindful of when dealing with non-commodity costs. The tips are completely free to download so why not get on top of non-commodity costs and take a look today.

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How can your business benefit from Demand Side Response?

Demand Side Response (DSR) is growing in popularity among businesses who are realising the benefits it can bring to their bottom line. Unlike many buzz terms, DSR is no one-hit wonder. It will continue to deliver for a business and, for many, there is scope to broaden its reach across multiple sites.

Following on from our first guide on DSR, which gave you the facts on what it is and how it can help you save energy and costs, we have launched the second in our series. This gives information on DSR’s range of benefits and how you can get support.

Make sure you’re in the know. Download our must-have guide on Demand Side Response, ‘The benefits for business’ now for free and see what benefits are available for your business.

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Making savings with Demand Side Response

The energy industry is full of acronyms and DSR, short for Demand Side Response, is likely to be one you’ve come across. If you’re not already embracing the potential benefits of this scheme, then you may be wondering what it is, how you can get involved and, all importantly, how much it can save your business?

DSR enables businesses to save money by turning up or down or shifting demand in real-time and there are a range of ways this can be achieved. As typical returns are between £55k-£60k per megawatt per annum, DSR is not to be overlooked.

To arm you with the facts, help you get to grips with DSR and demonstrate how it can work for your business, npower Business Solutions has created two helpful guides.

Download the first Demand Side Response guide, ‘What is it and how can it help me save?’ now for free and see how your business can benefit and save.

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May top tips

Are you responsible for setting up the utility connection to a new site? Have you had a challenging experience managing a new electricity or gas connection in the past? Or, do you just want to brush up on your wider energy management knowledge? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then this month’s top tips are for you.

Completely free to download, our latest energy management graphic gives you our top five tips on how to best manage new utility connections. It tells you what you need to know to ensure the smooth delivery of a new connection. Importantly, this will help put a stop to complications and delays which can hold up the completion of a new site and prove costly in financial and reputational terms.

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April top tips

DSR myths busted If you’re not already embracing Demand Side Response (DSR), it can seem difficult to navigate. But, with the right knowledge its benefits are within reach for all businesses. To set you on the right path to unlocking these benefits, our April top tips come in the form of a DSR myth buster.

In this free download, npower Business Solutions energy management specialist Dan Connor addresses the common misconceptions of DSR and the reality for businesses. With reducing energy costs, generating additional revenue and securing your energy supply all a possibility, don’t miss out.

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March top tips

At npower Business Solutions (nBS) we know that collaboration is key to success when it comes to energy procurement and management, and we pride ourselves on our close working relationships with consultants and brokers.

Our March top tips are designed to help our partners navigate the energy market in a way that suits the requirements of business customers. Whether it’s the nature of the client’s business, their appetite for risk or energy legislation, there’s much to consider when trying to deliver a service that meets and exceeds expectations.

At nBS, supporting customers is at the heart of everything we do and we hope this guide is helpful. It’s free to download and available here.

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February top tips

How best to manage risk in the year ahead With spring now on the horizon, what better time to take a look at your plans for procuring energy in the year ahead. As with any good plan, preparation is key to thriving and making the most of both your buying and selling decisions. With this in mind, we’ve created a handy guide to help you along the way. This month, Ben Spry, Head of Risk Management Services at npower Business Solutions gives us his key areas of advice for those looking to mitigate risk when buying and selling energy throughout the year. Ben’s tips form part of our monthly top tips series which aims to help support customers by offering tailored advice on different aspects of energy management in a bitesize, manageable format. The tips are completely free to download so why not get ahead when it comes to your risk management strategy and get your copy today.

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Five things you need to know about Triads

Triad management is one way you can help manage energy costs. But, understanding what, when and how you can take action can be a minefield.

With triad season underway, now is the time to take control of this area of energy management – and we can help. We’ve separated fact from fiction to bring you the key things you need to know at this time of year to manage your energy spend.

If you have ever found yourself asking what is a triad, why you need to know about them and how you can manage them, then download our new infographic – Five things you need to know about Triads – now.

Don’t miss out on savings. It’s completely free and will help you tackle triads this winter.

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Gather evidence, make your case and save up to 10% in energy costs

We know that bad habits can lead to negative outcomes but what of bad energy behaviours? The answer can be increased costs but where’s the evidence?

At npower Business Solutions we know that without evidence it can be difficult to make a business case for changing energy behaviours. That’s why we’ve launched the second in our series of short guides, The Evidence on Behavioural Change.

Our extensive research has shown that businesses could save up to 10% of their energy costs through behavioural change.

So, download The Evidence on Behavioural Change now for free and arm yourself with the facts to get your share of the £860m that UK businesses can save.

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Getting your share of £860m in energy savings

As consumers, we’re often encouraged to change our behaviours from eating less and exercising more, to how best to use our energy, but what if businesses could do the same?

At npower Business Solutions we’ve undertaken significant research into this area and it’s an approach we call Carbon Psychology.

We’ve found that behavioural change could save UK industry £860m in energy costs. To help organisations benefit from the savings, we’ve launched the first in a series of short e-books which offer valuable insight and tips.

Download ‘What is carbon psychology?’ today for free and find out how you can implement your own behavioural change programme, which will help you cut energy bills through simple changes to staff behaviours.

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How to make business savings from Carbon Psychology

We believe we’ve established that changing behaviours around energy can save businesses up to £860m.

But we’re also aware that knowing something and doing it right can be worlds apart, which is why we’ve published our latest guide called: ‘Business savings from behavioural change’.

Completely free to download, it provides a real-life case study from Tata Steel, tells you where to make savings in your business and gives you our top ten tips for implementing behavioural change.

Download your guide now, and take advantage of the savings on offer.

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