23 October 1998


&#8226 CLOCKS are due to go back an hour this Sunday, so farmers should check timers remain in step with off-peak electricity tariffs.

The warning comes from the Farm Energy Centre. Time switches can slip, it explains, adding hundreds of £s to electricity bills. Farmers should buy equipment with a battery reserve when installing new equipment, the centre advises.

&#8226 OUTDATED business payment methods are wasting over 270,000 working days in agriculture and related industries, according to BACS, the company responsible for Direct Credit, an electronic business payments service available from UK banks and building societies.

A business making 10 payments a week by cheque could save £1000 a year, it reckons.

The system can be used for any business payment, including monthly salaries, weekly wages, supplier bills, pensions and, employee expenses.

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