With energy prices remaining high, Care England has launched guidance for care providers looking to become more energy efficient.
With the current cold snap in the UK and the turbulent political climate both home and abroad, gas and energy prices remain volatile. This presents a challenging background for care providers to operate in.
Sixty per cent of care providers cite utility bills as a key challenge –the second most cited cost pressure after workforce pay. Care England is responding to ensure care providers are able to alleviate some of their ongoing pressures.
In Care England’s new publication, Savings, Solutions, and Sustainability, energy sector expert David Woodward, director at Focus Energy Services Ltd, explains what care providers can do to ensure they obtain the best value and most sustainable energy contracts. David also highlights what constitutes a good energy broker and offers tips to make businesses more energy efficient.
Care England has also created a free Strategic Management Audit Repository Tool containing a dedicated ESG module outlining where care providers can work toward environmental targets, including a section on energy usage and efficiency.
Professor Martin Green OBE, chief executive of Care England, said: “Care providers are being put under unsustainable pressure this winter period, and many aren’t benefitting governmental financial. In response, Care England conducted an energy tender and lowered the cost of energy for 100% of care providers who participated. While we continue to deliver pragmatic solutions for adult social care providers, practical action is crucial to safeguard from future energy price spikes where possible via the Care England tender.
“Recent events have taught us that having our own solutions in place wherever possible is more important than ever; to be forewarned is to be forearmed. Energy is central not just to the wellbeing of people in receipt of care, but to a business itself.”