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UK plc could save up to £3bn annually by signing up to the Carbon Trust’s Carbon Survey, where an energy expert visits a business and designs a tailored energy-saving action plan.

The rising cost of energy is high on entrepreneurs’ minds, with 49 per cent saying that they are worried about energy price hikes, a survey of 700 businesses shows.

The Carbon Trust estimates that having a Carbon Survey done – available free of charge to all businesses that spend between £50,000 and £3m on energy each year – typically identifies possible savings on energy costs of between 20 and 30 per cent.

Kingfisher, B&Q’s parent company, is backing the Carbon Trust’s ‘Best Advice’ campaign.

“It’s simply good business sense to be smarter about the way we use energy,” says Ian Cheshire, chief executive of Kingfisher. “It cuts costs, makes us more efficient and improves our reputation with customers.

“I would encourage any business that has yet to embark on the energy efficiency journey to pick up the phone and book a survey. It is likely to be the best piece of free advice you will get this year.”

In total, since 2006, the Carbon Trust has delivered over £180m in energy savings to British businesses through its surveys. Organic food supplier Abel & Cole, The Lowry Hotel in Manchester and landscaping product manufacturer Marshalls have all already taken advantage of the service and cut their energy bills as a result.

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