On the 29th of November the British Government launched a consultation alongside the Energy Bill, which will run through to the end of January, to investigate methods for reducing electricity demand both domestically and professionally. Part of the Government's strategy for power reduction will be to encourage homes and businesses to install low-energy lighting and control measures.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) estimates that a quarter of potential domestic energy savings by 2030 could be accounted for by removing incandescent lamps, which are extremely inefficient. DECC also estimates that energy efficient lighting upgrades (including street lighting) and further control measures could account for a third of potential energy savings within the public sector.
Chester West and Chester Council are a shining example of a public sector body way ahead in the lighting efficiency field. Chester has already begun the process of upgrading lighting throughout the city using retrofit units designed and manufactured by Carbon Reduction Technology. These include:
This means that Chester council has reduced its energy usage across these areas by an average of 65%. An attractive bonus is that Chester's energy bills have also reduced to 35p in every £1 previously spent on energy bills for these installations.
Concerning the country's carbon reduction targets, a lot of emphasis is placed on producing power in a cleaner, more renewable manor. 'Solar', 'wind turbine', 'hydro' and 'rolling blackout' are all popular buzz words for the current energy climate. Therefore, it's refreshing to see the Government putting more time into reducing the actual consumption of power through energy efficiency and upgraded technology.
Says Carbon Reduction Technology director Alan Robson, "We specialise in providing realistically priced energy efficient LED lighting upgrades and a lot of our work is done within the public sector. Although we can provide full units, our emphasis is on building retrofits which can be installed into the original housings. This keeps the costs down for the client, both in materials and labour. The beauty of an LED upgrade is that while you experience a significant reduction in energy consumption, you still get brighter, clearer and more uniform illumination than with traditional lighting."
39 billion kWh of energy was required to light buildings within the commercial and public sectors in 2011. The Government believes that the major obstacles to efficient lighting upgrades for businesses and public sector institutions are (a) the return on investment period, and (b) the fact that the bill payer is not always the key decision maker with the power to instigate change.
"We look to ensure that clients receive a a maximum five year return on investment through energy savings," comments Robson. "It can often be less than that; the cloister lamp lighting upgrade on the Rows of Chester is estimated at a three year return on investment. That doesn't even take into account the budget saved through LED units requiring less maintenance than traditional lamps."
A range of financial incentives are being considered by the Government, in an effort to encourage energy efficiency upgrades. Any new incentives will be launched alongside the Green Deal, which is already set to provide finance for energy efficiency upgrades in homes and businesses, allowing repayment through bill savings.
To find out more about how an energy efficient lighting upgrade could benefit your business please contact Carbon Reduction Technology to discuss your requirements.