energy saving

One of the main costs on farms and estates is energy in the form of heating and electricity. Reducing these costs can have a pronounced improvement on margins, so if changes can be made to improve energy-efficiency, this can have an immediate and long-term knock-on benefit in reduced overheads.

Not only that, any let buildings will be required to have an “EPC” rating of E or higher under proposed legislation due to take effect in 2018 (this legislation applies to residential and commercial premises).

Public money in the form of the “Green Deal” is available to home and business owners to “retro-fit” renewable technologies to buildings in order to improve their energy efficiency, offsetting the expense of this with a loan that is repaid via the property’s utilities bills. Typical examples are solar panels or improving energy-efficiency of lighting. In theory the reduction in energy usage means that utility bills do not increase, so the cost of the improvements is paid back without any additional financial burden.