Water – Who Can Switch?

Switching your water supplier can be overwhelming and daunting; but it should not be!

Switching water suppliers has helped thousands of businesses slash their outgoing costs considerably. Since the deregulation of the water industry in 2017, the commercial water market is one that should be taken advantage of.

There are prices lower than ever which YOU can take advantage of to cut costs and put your business first; Energy Solutions can help you.

Energy Solutions works on your behalf to compare the most beneficial deals for your water usage.

Below are some examples from a variety of companies who have benefitted from switching their water supplier – if you are not convinced by the benefits of switching yet, you will be after reading these case studies!

A Scottish Football Team

Savings on Business Water£6,400
Time Period Saved In12 Months

A popular Scottish football team scored a healthy saving of over £6,000 in only one year, after switching their energy supplier. These savings can now be powered back into the club and redirect their spending into the vital community work they do, rather than unnecessarily wasting money on utilities.

The chief operating officer was incredibly surprised by the savings – “we anticipated some financial gain but did not imagine something this size for one minute”. The reaction from the COO proves just how few businesses know to take advantage of the water market in order to earn themselves impressive savings.

The football team wanted to reduce their water consumption, as well as their payments. Switching your supplier is a great way to stay on top of the greenest deals and limit your business’ environmental impact as much as possible!

Working with Energy Solutions will allow you, too, to become more efficient and sustainable.

The key benefit for the football team was the use of a smart meter, and they’re becoming more and more popular. Managing your consumption is difficult – especially on such a large scale as a football stadium. Smart meters eradicate that additional stress and allow your usage to be regularly monitored, without giving you another headache.

Smart meter technology noticed irregularities in the teams’ consumption, meaning that solutions could be specifically tailored to the needs of the team. This efficiency is beneficial to all involved (contractors, the club, the supplier, affected staff) and allowed for such a large saving in such a short space of time.

Good water management and awareness make initiating action plans and usage reviews so much easier. It also creates an opportunity for savings, based on true water usage.

Switching is very easy, and Energy Solutions will ensure you receive a competitive and responsive service.

Water is essential to many businesses like this Scottish football team, and we can make sure you don’t pay too much for it.

An English University

Savings on Business Water£25,500
Time Period Saved In12 Months

A university in the south of England saved ¼ £100,000 on their water bill after switching their supplier.

This English university, one of the largest across the UK, has a community of almost 40,000 people (staff, pupils, employees). Obviously, their water bills were high. This university was keen to take advantage of the deregulated market which allows them to swap suppliers, and increase their savings.

Swapping has never been easier. With the new Crown Commercial Service (CCS) framework, public sector customers in England can switch suppliers, securing their retail costs for 2–3-year long contracts.

Switching through these frameworks is something Energy Solutions can facilitate. Benefit from competitive water rates, and experienced advisors to get the most out of your water prices.

Glasgow City Council

Savings on Business Water£54,000
Time Period Saved In12 Months

As the largest local authority in Scotland, Glasgow City Council employs just under 19,000 people. City Councils are responsible for providing essential education and welfare services and facilities to the city and its residents.

Council budgets are not large, unfortunately. They must cover the costs for:

  • schools,
  • roads,
  • libraries,
  • parks,
  • public facilities and general buildings,
  • and more.

These all require water and wastewater services – this is an expense that already stretched councils cannot afford to be inefficient with!

Acting with the best interests of resident’s in mind, Glasgow City Council switched their water supply in 2020, searching for a way to reduce their annual costs. Smart meters were installed across all council property, known as Automatic Meter Readers (AMRs). AMRs identify real patterns in water usage, note irregularities (such as unusually high consumption), and improve management of water supply.

AMRs allowed the supplier to notify unusually high consumption at two primary schools. Smart meters are a feature which not all suppliers can offer; if you are not currently using one, it is worth being on the lookout to switch to a supplier who can provide you with one.

These two primary schools’ high consumption was studied closely. The conclusion was drawn that a combination of factors was causing the spike in usage (meaning a number of different solutions were necessary).

An inspection was undertaken by the supplier’s maintenance team. The conclusion was confirmed:

  • issues with leaks,
  • issues with water efficiency, and
  • issues with cold water tanks,

resulted in a combination of internal plumbing issues, costing the council thousands in unnecessary bills. Identifying these issues would also help the council improve its water efficiency, striving into a greener future for its local authority.

By switching, the council had access to this equipment which identified the specific issues at fault. A contractor was sent out and fixed the pinpointed issues, reducing inefficiency and bill prices for the council.

Shell Bay Restaurant

Savings on Business Water£6,000
Time Period Saved In12 Months

Shell Bay Restaurant, located near Dorset, is a family-run restaurant that sells seafood. Open seasonally, the restaurant is only running for 7 months a year. To cover the costs when shut, a marine services, moorings, and charter business is run by one of the owners from the same premises throughout the year.

You may not know this, but Shell Bay is a highly remote location – 2 ½ miles from the nearest village. Restaurants tend to use a lot of water, and the site has an extensive water supply network.

There was one singular, 2 ½ mile pipeline, installed several decades ago, which the owner of Shell Bay Restaurant was responsible for. This pipeline also supplied a number of other businesses in the peninsula. Some of these businesses included:

  • a toll booth,
  • ferry offices,
  • Nation Trust toilets, and
  • a local farm.

The owner of the restaurant could see this may become a future issue, impacting the restaurant’s total water usage. Thus, the owner turned to his supplier for advice on his situation. Failing assistance, the owner switched his supplier to one who promised to help improve the site’s efficiency.

The owner’s new supplier was able to send out an inspection team to assess the restaurant’s water use. Due to escalating costs, the owner was concerned. After helping to map out the water network across the site, the inspection team identified a singular, yet significant leak. This leak was greatly impacting the site’s water efficiency and drastically increasing usage.

Luckily, the leak was quickly fixed. Not only this but isolation valves were contracted to be fitted, making any future leak detections far easier to spot.

AMRs were recommended, again. AMRs logged average flow and usage, allowing continuous monitoring of the site’s consumption. Any unusually high recordings were alerted to the owner. Recognising abnormal consumption early means that any potential issues can be quickly investigated, identified, and fixed.

Shell Bay Restaurant reduced its usage by 80%! All of that would not have been possible if the owner had not swapped their supplier. All of the security measures put in place were highly beneficial; two further leaks have been identified and fixed since.

As is evident, a range of different business customers would, and have, benefitted from switching their water supplier. The reasons for switching can range from expensive prices, to inefficient services, to a lack of capability to meet your business’ individual needs and requirements.

Switching your water supplier alone, though, can be intimidating. Many suppliers will try and catch you out with cheap initial costs which then increase after a while. Brokers like Energy Solutions can help provide you with impartial, expert advice and recommendation. These recommendations will be based on an accurate, detailed understanding of your business’ circumstances, making the switching process as accurate, helpful, and efficient as is possible.

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