Wessex Water saves £1m on energy bill by linking to staff bonuses

An "energy bonus" scheme to encourage staff to cut the company's consumption helped Wessex Water save £1 million against its budget last year, according to annual results published today.

As well as saving on bills, this led to a cut in the cost of meeting the government’s CRC energy efficiency scheme by £80,000.

Wessex said it had a strong focus on efficiency and delivered its capital investment programme for the last two financial years at 20 per cent below the allowed cost.

The company announced operating profits of £219.0 million in the year ending 31 March 2012, up from £212.1 million in 2010/11. However, post-tax profits fell from £115.5 million to £93.2 million, due to increased finance costs and taxation.

The company topped Ofwat’s customer service league tables for the fourth year in a row and improved or maintained performance on all but one key measure. The number of properties experiencing internally flooding increased from 94 to 108.

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