The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced a voucher scheme for residential homeowners to stimulate the economy, ward off the spectre of climate change and help thousands save on their energy bills. Households will be able to secure assistance towards double glazing and cavity wall insulation, among other things.
He would do well to introduce a similar programme of green investment in offices and commercial premises.
Most egregious, of course, is the skyrocketing cost of energy to ordinary British companies — in the last seven years, the average commercial energy bill has increased by 100%.
Just as important in the long term are the carbon-emitting effects of hundreds of thousands of poorly-insulated premises up and down the country, making up a sizeable chunk of national carbon emissions.
Places like Bath, Glastonbury and Wells, with many older listed properties, are particularly chock-full of draughty, expensive-to-heat commercial space.
Crucial to solving these problems are insulation and energy efficiency — and one practical, affordable way to improve both is to encourage the installation of suspended ceilings wherever they are useful.
Modern suspended ceilings have impressive insulative properties. New-fangled materials and expert fitting reduce heat leakage in an office space, allowing the maintenance of a reasonable temperature in winter and summer alike.
And each newly-installed suspended ceiling allows for new innovations to be introduced at the same time, such as improved-efficiency LED-based lighting or draught-eliminating ventilation systems.
There are of course, a raft of other energy-saving measures for businesses that require investment, and would stimulate the ailing economy. But in Bristol, Bath, Swindon, Gloucester and across the whole South West, SLP Interiors is ready and eager to begin action to save your business money, reduce energy costs and slash carbon emissions.