At Anchor we are committed to responsible energy management, reducing energy costs for our customers and minimising our environmental impact.
We buy over 300GWH of gas and electricity each year and ensure achieve the best possible price for the people living with us.
Our Procurement Strategy allows us to buy gas and electricity up to 3 years ahead which means we can achieve average unit prices much lower than customers can achieve themselves.
Anchor endeavour to continually improve the energy efficiency of our buildings. We conduct regular site energy audits to comply with ESOS legislation and are trialling and implementing new energy efficient technologies where possible. Energy efficiency is a key consideration when carrying out refurbishment projects; we upgrade windows and insulation, and install automatic heating control and LED lighting systems as standard.
Energy efficiency is also included in the design brief for all our new developments. Our new care homes and retirement housing locations have a range of environmentally-friendly technologies including, ground source heat pump heating system and solar panels.
By travelling smarter, our staff help to reduce Anchor’s impact on the environment and minimise the cost of delivering services to our customers. Our TravelSmart initiative has seen staff commit to planning their journeys better, booking train tickets well in advance and car-sharing wherever possible to reduce our spend on travel and accommodation and also curtail our carbon emissions. As an organisation we also utilise telephone conferencing wherever possible, removing the need for unnecessary travel and freeing up time so that we can be more productive.
We ensure we dispose of waste in a responsible and safe manner and focus on re-using and maximising recycling where possible. Anchor’s housing developments and care homes explore all opportunities for recycling and engage with local council and community recycling initiatives to minimise unnecessary waste.
For ideas of easy changes you can start making today for little or no-cost and that will make a significant difference to your energy bills, see our Top 20 energy saving tips page.