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2 May, 2007 - 14:25 By Staff Reporter

Haven offers chance to slash energy bills

SMEs based in the East of England could slash their energy costs while shrinking their carbon footprint thanks to a new, green-minded electricity firm targeting small to medium sized businesses. Haven Power, set up by a team of ex-Eastern Electricity managers is using ‘smart’ metering and a personalised ‘key contact’ system to offer small businesses in the region what it calls a “real alternative to the large, multinational power suppliers.”

“Because we’re all from SME backgrounds, we under-stand and are better able to respond to the problems faced in the marketplace by small businesses,” said Graham Hughes, Haven operations director.

Haven is part of the Carron energy group, the owner and operator of several UK power stations, an association which gives it the “buying power to offer competitive prices, while remaining small enough to be responsive to individual customers,” according to the firm.

The company is offering SMART meters, new electricity meters which transmit reading data, negating the need for a member of staff to physically attend the premises.

This gives its customers the ability to access accurate data regarding their electricity usage on a daily basis, and change their usage behaviour accordingly.

Haven Power guarantees that customers will have their meters read twice a year, and is actively promoting the use of SMART Meters with a choice of installation packages for a small monthly fee.

The level of service depends on the individual business requirement for detailed data, ranging from daily readings to monthly readings, with the facility to access data direct through the Haven Power website.

“We have developed a product specifically designed to meet the needs of customers typically spending between £1,000 and £100,000 per year on electricity, giving them the power to reduce their overheads by better energy management and improved energy efficiency,” said Peter Bennell, Haven MD.

The firm has begun work on a new, purpose-built head-quarters in Ipswich, where its current staff of 20 plus new hires, taken on during its current recruitment drive, will be based.

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