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Deborah Meaden encourages business owners to consider new ways of looking at energy efficiency

Almost a third of the UK’s small and medium-sized businesses could be forced to temporarily close their workplaces and ask staff to work from home if they can - due to concerns over the energy crisis, it has emerged. A survey, of 1,000 SME decision makers, revealed 62 per cent are concerned the rise in energy costs is going to affect their ability to run a business this winter. And 30 per cent are considering major savings by asking employees to work from home while they navigate soaring costs. With bills going up, 93 per cent said they were frustrated when energy is wasted in the workplace, with 91 per cent telling staff to be more mindful when it comes to the way they use power at work. Overall, respondents estimate they’re wasting more than £900 of energy per year - with 85 per cent suspecting staff are more energy conscious at home rather than work. The research was carried out by Smart Energy GB, the not-for-profit campaign tasked with helping Britain to understand the benefits of smart meters to people, businesses and the environment. The organisation has teamed up with TV dragon Deborah Meaden, and Energy Saving Trust, to encourage businessowners to consider new ways of looking at energy efficiency to help manage bills in the run up to winter.

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