ERE reduces energy consumption

Tyneside’s Cottam Brush has taken advantage of Energy Resource Efficiency (ERE) to save on energy bills, move production facilities and maintain contracts.

The business, which boasts products ranging from decorating and cleaning brushes to inspection brushes for the oil and gas industries, saved almost 30% on electricity bills after ERE specialists worked with energy suppliers to re-evaluate the company’s energy consumption.

The ERE team also helped employees gain an understanding and awareness of the necessary skills required to maintain a contract. These included preparing tenders, sourcing quotations, accurate billing and understanding different types of contracts. The team put in place the improvements and implementations within a matter of weeks from the date the collaboration started.

ERE is one of a number of initiatives pioneered by the North East Productivity Alliance (NEPA) funded by One NorthEast. The £5m ERE scheme is helping businesses tackle rising energy costs. Teams of specialist engineers work closely with firms in the region to develop an energy action plan, analysing current usage and highlighting innovative means to cut bills.