View Full Version : Energy efficiency advice on offer from Stiebel Eltron

09-27-2008, 01:44 PM
The free ‘one stop shop' telephone advice service, which went live last week, will give guidance on a range of issues from complying with legislation, to applying for ‘green' grants, to taking advantage of tax breaks to advice on installation of renewable energy products.

Included in the free service is a survey of premises anywhere in the UK and a report examining the heat loss and heat demands of the building, and a set of recommendations.

Wirral-based Stiebel Eltron will also offer advice on their own products. The company told New Energy Focus that it will be mutually beneficial,explaining: "If a customer chooses to do something about energy efficiency, then Stiebel Eltron can help them, and of course we would recommend our products. However, that customer is also able to use the free advice service and then to choose another company as well."

The German company's UK managing director Mark McManus said the service is being launched in response to widespread private sector ignorance of green legislation and massive Government pressure on the public sector to meet green targets.

"Understanding of green energy issues is limited and advice is desperately needed," he said. "The introduction of the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) this year is just the tip of the iceberg. There is more legislation looming with the Climate Change Bill and the Energy Bill which will ramp up the pressure to become more energy efficient. But we can help.

"We can, for example, carry out an EPC for a building. More than that we can actually make improvements which will improve the EPC rating, making the building more saleable and more energy efficient, and slashing bills and carbon emissions."

Government help

Mr McManus added that it is critical that business owners and the public sector take advantage of Government help to become greener.

Failing to have a valid EPC for a commercial property can result in a £5,000 fine, but there are also incentives to assist companies that need to cut their energy use. VAT on renewable energy products is fixed at 5%, and the Enhanced Capital Allowance Scheme allows businesses to write off the whole of the capital cost of their investment in green-friendly technologies against their taxable profits.

In addition, the Government's Low Carbon Building Programme provides grants for the installation of renewable energy products in businesses as well as public sector buildings and households.

Stiebel-Eltron specialises in both ground source and air source heat pumps that transfer heat from the ground and air respectively to a building to provide heat and hot water - without the aid of oil or gas. The company, which has been established since 1924, also manufactures solar heating systems.

Related links:

Stiebel Eltron (http://www.stiebel-eltron.de/en/unternehmen/)
Energy Performance Certificates (http://campaigns.direct.gov.uk/epc/)

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