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Editor: David Keighley
13th February 2014

Are UK businesses wasting a small fortune because of poorly functioning heating and air conditioning systems? The Carbon Trust believes that smaller businesses are losing around £400m in lost heat through poor insulation and other factors, says air conditioning company AirCon UK. But taking into account larger businesses, schools and commercial buildings, the true figure across the entire country could be many times that.

Collectively, companies in the UK could save hundreds of millions of pounds annually, along with millions of tons of carbon dioxide if they simply took stock of their air conditioning, heating and ventilation needs, says AirConUK's Jonathan Ratcliffe. "The problem is that many organisations simply accept the high costs, not realising they can save a small fortune."

In a recent Carbon Trust survey of energy saving measures taken by almost 1000 UK business, less than a third said they had actioned improved ventilation and air conditioning efficiency. Top topic, with 77 per cent, was efficient lighting, followed by employee awareness with 58 per cent.

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acAtlas Copco extends its efficient VSD+ compressor range
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ndSpeed control increases efficiency of pump drives
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slEfficient LED downlighter provides a flat, flush fit
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chFleet test for sustainable 'fuel of the future'
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srSchaeffler expands its options for electric and hybrid vehicles
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egCHP route to decarbonise electricity by 'virtual power plants'
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hlSmart grid scheme aims to reduce industry's power consumption
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David Keighley

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