Energy Solutions Oxfordshire exists to make it simple for every organisation in Oxfordshire to stop wasting energy, cutting running costs whilst helping to tackle climate change.
WHAT WE DO
Lowering carbon emissions, while saving money on energy bills
Our buildings are old, inefficient, and constantly wasting energy – and that includes our workplaces: offices, warehouses, manufacturing plants, and more. In fact, in the UK buildings are responsible for 29% of total carbon emissions. Not only is this a disaster for the environment, it’s also leaving businesses with high energy bills that damage their bottom line, and workplaces that are uncomfortable for employees, customers, and visitors.
It shouldn’t be like this. Our vision is for it to be simple and cost effective for every business in our community to stop wasting energy.
You’re in safe hands
ESOx is a partnership project between the Low Carbon Hub and the Environmental Information Exchange team at Oxford Brookes University.
Our team is made up of energy experts with decades of experience working with Oxfordshire’s businesses to deliver tailored energy improvements for their premises.
“To drastically reduce our carbon emissions , we must quickly address the high energy usage of our buildings – increasing energy efficiency and reducing energy demand.“Barbara Hammond MBE, CEO of the Low Carbon Hub
A process that’s as simple as
possible for you
We know that not every organisation has the time and resources to put into making energy improvements. So we’re making it simply, with bespoke recommendations from our team of energy experts who handle the process from start to finish.
If upfront costs are an issue, we’ll help you access pre-approved, low-interest loans and finance opportunities to get the right funding in place, just when you need it – and we’ll assess the savings to make sure that the money you save by reducing your energy bills should help to cover any loan payments.
The complete ‘one-stop shop’ for energy efficiency
There are three main parts to our process when it comes to helping you reduce the energy consumption of your commercial buildings. Click on the tabs below to see an in-depth explanation of each part.
The first part of the process is a free desktop diagnosis, giving you an idea of the possibilities for your buildings – there’s no cost for this part and no obligation to go any further in the process.
- Online survey
Your organisation fills in a short online survey on your building(s) and energy usage.
- Desktop diagnosis report
We generate a free report, analysing the current energy usage and benchmarking your building against others of a similar type – giving an idea of the improvements that could be made.
The second part of the process is all about developing bespoke energy efficiency recommendations for your premises – auditing your buildings, checking feasibility, and engaging with approved contractors.
- On-site visit
If you decide to go ahead, we will conduct an on-site visit in order to create a bespoke proposal for energy efficiency improvements.
- Feasibility report
We deliver a bespoke report to you including indicative costs of installation, and potential savings on energy, cost and carbon. All work to this point is delivered without cost to you.
- Contractor site visit
You decide which of the recommendations you want to pursue and we ask suitable, approved contractors to carry out a site visit, to specify and cost the work accurately.
- Implementation report
We deliver your full, bespoke implementation report, including detailed costs and return on investment. A project coordinator will discuss this with you, answering any queries. If you decide to go ahead, the cost of the Implementation Report is rolled into your project costs. If not, there will be a £1,000 charge for the detailed advice you’ve received – however, in the pilot first year phase of the project this cost will be covered by our government funding (until March 2021).
The third part of the process is the delivery of the energy efficiency measures you’ve decided to implement, including quality assurance and monitoring by us to ensure everything is as expected.
- Implementation takes place
If you decide to go ahead, we project manage the implementation, liaising with you and the chosen contractors.
- Quality assurance
Once any installations have taken place, we will check the work has been well installed, before signing it off with you and the contractor.
- Equipment handed over
Our contractor Manager will ensure your staff are briefed about the equipment, how it works and how to efficiently control it.
- Monitoring and evaluation
We continue to monitor your energy usage for one year after completion, to ensure promised savings are achieved, including investigating and resolving any underperformances.
Interested in what kind of energy improvement projects we can help with? Take a look at our case studies to get an idea of what’s possible in a variety of different types of workplace and building.
“The energy assessment is excellent. There is some really good, practical advice and a lot we had not considered. It will be a good roadmap for us to make the recommended changes.”
– Jake Backus, Common Ground Workspace, Oxford