Rising energy prices – cost calculator

May 27th, 2013 by

For many  consumers expenditure on energy has doubled over the last 5 to 6 years. Here is a free, simple-to-use, energy cost calculator, which allows you to look at the impact of this type of growth on your energy costs and to compare three growth scenarios which you can set. The results are provided as a spreadsheet and graph.

Download the spreadsheet here: Climate Works Ltd Energy cost doubling scenario tool 27-06-2013

Though it’s not possible to predict what energy prices will do in the future there is good evidence to suggest that they will continue to rise well ahead of inflation as they have been over the last 5 to 6 years.

Basing investment decisions on short-term savings and return on investment ignores the longer term trends. This can leave businesses, the public sector and other organizations exposed and vulnerable to large increases in bottom-line costs.

This spreadsheet enables you to define three scenarios (based on the time taken for energy costs to double) and examine the impact on your current energy expenditure.

Of course in reality prices don’t track smoothly as shown in these graphs. But we find it a useful starting point for discussions with clients and for thinking about the impacts of rising costs in terms of risks and how to avoid and mitigate these.

Other resources

Why smart businesses shouldn’t wait for shale gas to solve the energy crunch. Click here.

Why are energy costs rising? And what’s in store for the next 5 to 10 years? Click here.

Written by

Environmental consultant, facilitator, founder & Director of Climate Works Ltd.