2013 is set to be a big year for eco lighting as the government aims to encourage businesses and public sector bodies to cut down on their energy consumption through energy efficient lighting upgrades.
The City of Chester is well ahead of the game, setting a shining example of how energy efficiency through eco lighting should be done. Throughout 2012, Chester West and Chester City Council implemented a number of LED lighting upgrades using eco lighting company Carbon Reduction Technology Ltd.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) believes that around a third of potential energy saving by 2030 will come from energy efficient lighting within the commercial sector and almost half of all savings in the public sector.
Chester West and Chester City Council are set to save a gigantic 65% of their energy consumption across their upgraded installations. The upgrades include heritage style street lamps (70% energy saving), the cloister lamps along the Rows of Chester (67%), bollards (66%), sign lighting (68%) and pedestrian subways (70%). This equates to an energy bill saving of £0.65 in every £1.00 for these installations.
Throughout January the government will be running a consultation to ascertain the best ways to facilitate the implementation of energy efficient lighting upgrades and additional control measures. Any new measures introduced will come in conjunction with the Green Deal, which will provide finance packages allowing households and businesses to upgrade their lighting and make repayments through savings on their energy bill.
The City of Chester is currently looking at the fairly short period of three to five years to see a full return on their investment through energy savings alone. Additionally, LED lighting has a longer lifespan and is more reliable than traditional lamps so Chester West and Chester City Council should also see savings through maintenance and replacement costs as well.
Chester’s bright example is the ‘Real Deal’ and should be fully and unequivocally supported by the government’s Green Deal. Chester’s actions are a forerunner to innovation and should be taken on board by towns and cities across the UK and Europe in the global quest for a greener future.