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More power to your elbow

With the latest figures released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Office for National Statistics showing dramatic increases in the use of coal to generate power, it would seem that any savings in carbon emissions achieved through other means will be more than offset by the extra millions of tonnes of coal burnt last year and in the first few months of 2013.

The rise in energy demand was attributed to the cold conditions towards the end of 2012, but there was no mention of the effect of the economic conditions. Activity in the majority of sectors continues to be well below those enjoyed by the UK in 2008.

With more encouraging signs emerging for the end of this year and 2014, it’s small wonder that we’re increasingly hearing concerns raised as to how the UK will ‘keep the lights on’ in future.

The recent proposed amendments to the Energy Bill are also linked to this topic, which could see businesses receiving financial incentives when reducing their electricity usage.

With growing numbers of companies becoming more aware of the impact of rising energy costs, building service contractors have more potential to raise business levels.

The housebuilding sector is showing ever more encouraging signs of growth, which will provide further options for many in our industry, so the energy debate could provide the added benefits that many have been wishing for for some time.

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