A survey undertaken over a 12-month period by the Engineering Employers’ Federation Lancashire has shown that five out of eight member companies were being overcharged for their electricity and gas consumption. One company had overpaid by £12,000.
According to EEF Lancashire, this was due either to the wrong tariffs being applied, or to energy suppliers failing to adhere to the terms of their own contracts.
As a result of its findings, EEF Lancashire has launched its own Utilities Management Service, which it will be running in conjunction with consultants Energy Cost Management, based in Preston.
`We aim to build a flexible relationship with any company using our service,’ Ben Haworth of EEF Lancashire said. `In the light of the forthcoming climate change levy, it is crucial to ensure maximum energy efficiency, and to buy utilities from the right sources at the right price.’
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