Love Energy Savings Awards 2016: Meet the Finalists!

It’s that time of year again. After receiving many impressive nominations and some difficult deliberation from our judges, the 16 finalists of the Love Energy Savings Awards can be officially unveiled.

The Awards are now in their second year, and have proven to be a big success following a hugely successful inaugural year. They fill a gap in the market by recognising businesses large and small from across a variety of sectors who are going above and beyond to become greener.

So without any further ado, read on to discover the four nominees in each of our four categories to reach the final of this year’s Love Energy Savings Awards.

SME Saver - sponsored by Scottish Power

Here at Love Energy Savings, we believe it’s the little things that make a big difference. The SME Saver category celebrates the efforts that are being made by small businesses, because it all helps towards the wider goal of cutting our global gas emissions.

Here are the nominees...

- Heritage Exchange - Based in a converted Victorian mill, the Heritage Exchange has taken huge steps to reduce their energy waste. This includes using eco-smart meters, recycling bins, LED lighting and uture plans to incorporate solar panels.

- Élan Hair Design - Reputed to be the UK's most eco-friendly hair salon, their green project is astounding. Some of their changes include an electric company car, solar panels, 100% renewable energy supplier, air-source heat pumps and radiators, recycling, and composting.

- Money Mate - In addition to helping people across the country save money on their energy (it's estimated that they have helped save £50 million worth of energy in Kent alone), Money Mate follow a strict green code. This includes taking steps to reduce their energy waste and employing people remotely to cut emissions.

- Acme Cleaning Services Ltd - Over the last six months, Acme has introduced anumber of initiatives. They recycle everything, eliminated air conditioning and only use environmentally-friendly cleaning products.

Innovative Saver - sponsored by British Gas

It’s the exciting and innovative ideas that are going to revolutionise the energy industry and change the way we use electricity and gas both in businesses and our homes. These four companies aren’t afraid to try something new, and those nominated are...

- Denton Working Men's Club - They have recently stepped up their green game by installing a full energy-saving boiler, and replaced all lights to ensure they are low energy.

- Whitbread - As part of their green efforts, Whitbread is always ensuring that every new hotel and coffee shop that they open actively work to reduce their carbon footprint by cutting down on waste production, usage and water consumption.

- Ian Hazel Funerals - Recently this family-run business has installed a system of 78 solar panels, which helps to meet 70% of their electricity needs. They also added rainwater harvesting, mechanical ventilation for heat recovery, and LED lighting with motion sensors.

- R&R Ice Cream - R&R Ice Cream introduced a system where they use ice cream waste as biogas to be sent back to the National Grid to provide heat for homes. 

Super Saver - sponsored by EDF Energy

The Super Saver category is dedicated to the larger organisations of the UK who have gone the extra mile to make themselves a bigger friend to the environment. Whether it’s through green proofing their operations or reducing waste on a huge scale, these are the standout nominations: 

- Bolton Market - Continuing their efforts from last year, Bolton Market has changed all lighting fixtures to LEDs and introduced lighting sensors. They also replaced the old glass roof panels with polycarbonate panels that reflect the heat.

- Meadowhall Shopping Centre - Meadowhall has been upping their energy-saving efforts by recycling rainwater, working to use less energy and reduce their cabron emissions, and by installing electric car charging points for their customers.

- Reading Buses - As part of their ongoing commitment to reducing their impact on the environment, Reading Buses' entire fleet of 'super green' vehicles are now low-emission.

- Spectrum Yarns Ltd - In an attempt to take the textile industry into a greener future, Spectrum Yarns has worked hard to make themselves more environmentally friendly with a total carbon reduction estimated at 194 tons, which they predict will save them up to £33,328 per year.

Stars of the Future - sponsored by npower

We all know that we aren’t able to reverse the damage that has already been done to our environment through climate change, but we can work to prevent further lasting damage in the future. Those in this category have demonstrated their commitment to reducing our future energy consumption and waste. 

- University of Reading - This institute of higher learning has drastically reduced its carbon emissions by installing a fume cupboard system in the science labs.

- The Prince of Wales School - This school has recently been rewarded with a 'Green Flag' status for improving teaching on how to become more energy efficient.

- Potters Gate School - Situated in Surrey, Potters Gate School has implemented a 'Travel Tracker' initiative that acts as a fun way to encourage everyone to walk to school, highlighting both the health and energy-saving benefits.

- Walsham Suffolk Primary - Recently granted 'Green Flag' status, the Walsham Suffolk school has proven that it is dedicated to improving learnings about becoming more energy efficient.

At Love Energy Savings, we’re dedicated to doing whatever we can to help businesses save both energy and money. We can do so much more than help you find the best business energy prices out there; we’re also specialists in helping you learn how to use energy more sensibly and drastically reduce your expenditure at the same time.

To find out more about how we can help you become more energy efficient (perhaps you should start preparing for next year’s awards?) check out some of our expert guides or speak to a member of our team today. 

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