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Waterhead Academy saves £16K a year on water

The academy contracted utility management specialists Orchard Energy to reduce their energy costs

Posted by Hannah Vickers | March 30, 2017 | Facilities & buildings

An Oldham school has benefited from year-on-year energy savings of £16,000 and received a refund totalling £23,000, after enlisting the help of utility management specialists Orchard Energy.

As part of their drive to achieve efficiency savings, Waterhead Academy were looking for ways to reduce their water usage spend.

Orchard worked with the Academy to identify all overcharges, including the applicability of charges for surface water and highway drainage, while conducting a thorough survey of the site.

Information surrounding billing data, drainage plans, the school building and council ratings was gathered and submitted, and discussions were held with the supplier on site.

Orchard pressed further Waterhead’s case for savings at the suppliers’ head office and were able to achieve a bill reduction of £16,000.

And, by backdating the new bill, a refund of £23,000 was secured for the Academy.

Following a further inspection of the site, Orchard anticipates that more savings can be made and information to support these claims has been submitted.

We are delighted to have been able to deliver such significant savings to Waterhead Academy, and hope to be able to save the school even more money as our surveys and inspections continue - Amar Hussain, managing director for Orchard Energy

Amar Hussain, managing director for Orchard Energy, said: “We are delighted to have been able to deliver such significant savings to Waterhead Academy, and hope to be able to save the school even more money as our surveys and inspections continue.

“We guide our customers through the process from start to finish and strive to establish relationships built around excellent customer service and incredible, tangible results.”

Vicky Heavens, Academy Manager at Waterhead Academy, said: “We are thrilled with the savings we have made as a result of our work with Orchard Energy, and with the overall level of customer service.

“Orchard has remained in dialogue with us throughout the process and have assessed and made recommendations around all aspects of our water consumption.”

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