Butler Sherborn launches a new service Butler Sherborn energy
With increasing concern about the cost of fuel and global energy resources, Cotswolds property specialists Butler Sherborn are launching a new service for homes, businesses, farmers and land owners - Butler Sherborn Energy.
“However you heat and provide power to your property - gas, electricity, oil or solid fuel - the cost is increasing, and with growing demand on global resources, this situation is only going to become more critical,” says Richard Palmer who’s heading up the new department.
“A lot of people are already considering alternative renewable fuel sources, largely driven by recent Government incentives, but these are not without their costs and complications. This new service is designed to help people make well informed investment decisions now to ensure, for example, cost savings, a low carbon future and enhanced capital value of their assets.”
Butler Sherborn Energy offers wholly independent and impartial advice across a range of services. It favours a strategic approach, starting with a farm or estate energy audit.
For those farms and estates based in the South West, Richard Palmer is an approved consultant for the Resource for Efficiency (R4F) scheme which works with farmers and landowners to improve their management and use of energy, water and inorganic waste including a review of renewable generation opportunities. It offers farmers free advice which entails a farm visit and a report with an action plan. This scheme is due to end in 2013.
Key consideration in any audit should be given to energy efficiency gains before advising on the suitability of renewable energy generation such as from wind power, photo voltaic (PV) and biomass. Full project management can be undertaken including professional services to provide valuations, oversee planning and due diligence, as well as information about current legislation and the availability of grants.
“Whether you own a country cottage or a large family house, run a farm, estate or rural business, the cost of energy is an issue that’s concerning us all,” says Richard Greasby, partner and head of Butler Sherborn’s Rural department. “It is a dynamic and rapidly changing market place and our new service will help you make a well informed and considered decision.”