Like millions of households and businesses, we have been hit commercially and personally by the recent rise in energy and water prices. I think it is time for every company and household to take direct action now. I do not mean marching on the utility companies’ headquarters – just taking a long-hard look at what we can all do to reduce our water and energy bills right now through some simple steps. I think that there is more chance of hell freezing over than a sustained reduction every year in the prices that energy and water companies charge so the only option, as far as I can see, is to act smartly. You do not need to be a rocket scientist or even a skilled engineer to implement many solutions that pay for themselves very quickly and then go on saving you money month on month and year by year. What could be simpler than fixing a tap aerator that reduces water consumption by up to 50 per cent? These inexpensive attachments are so easy to install – in fact, we have a video showing exactly how to do it. If you have two spare minutes, it is worth watching … you just click on the “Watch the Video” link and launch the tap aerators video. Let me know if you find it helpful or if you have any questions. Contact us Businesses and households can take another easy step to saving money (and cutting carbon) by installing an eco shower head, either fixed or handheld. Believe it or not, traditional showers use between 12 and 30 litres of water every minute. Eco shower heads reduce this to 6 or 9 litres per minute. That is one massive annual saving. If you are metered, the purchase cost is rapidly repaid and from there you go on cutting your water bills forever. Another positive is that by doing this, you are helping to reduce carbon emissions through reducing energy spent heating the water, while controlling your gas or electricity use much more efficiently. And you still enjoy a great shower! Every company and home can also save on electricity through using smart lighting – LEDs. In fact, I wrote about this last week, quoting Geoff Smyth, head of technology and delivery for the Carbon Trust – “businesses can achieve energy savings of 70% to 80% and see a payback on their investment within two or three years.” Read more here We continue to win the attention and much interest from companies of all sizes. In our long experience, we also know that from the board-level down, they are very interested in these figures. From the financial directors of big companies to the financial managers in the SMEs and the managers and directors in charge of sustainability strategies, every professional charged with saving on costs and compliance can see the near- and long-term benefits. There is surely nothing to lose and everything to gain by a smart response to the utility companies’ price actions. We’re here to help you so do get in touch if you have any questions, either through the website – www.savemoneycutcarbon.com– or just call 0845 123 5464.