Business energy clients need to ensure they do not compromise energy efficiency schemes when they are looking at ways to reduce costs, it has been stated.
Energy consultant Dr Paula Owen noted a large number of enterprises may have identified their environmental initiatives as an area they can cut back on, as many firms see it as an extra rather than an essential.
"However, that is short-sighted because these efficiency and environmental improvements will pay dividend in terms of lower bills and a greater resilience against future energy price rises," she said.
Continuing, Dr Owen noted targeting this area is a "false economy", as any savings they make in the short-term could be offset by higher gas and electricity bills in the future.
She also noted that changes to the Feed-in Tariff payments could make the installation of solar panels a financially unviable option for many firms, so they may have to look at other ways to cut costs and improve their environmental performance.
The reductions to this incentive have been challenged by groups such as Friends of the Earth, while the EU has also indicated it may take legal action if the move affects progress towards green energy targets.
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