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£5,000 Carbon Trust giveaway for SMEs expected to run out in Autumn 2018... it's NOW or NEVER for a subsidised lighting upgrade!

Erica Charles 22 Jun 2018

The Green Business Fund, administered by the Carbon Trust, provides a non-refundable capital contribution to cover 15% of project costs, up to £5,000 towards the cost of energy efficiency measures such as LED lighting upgrades and solar PV.

But .... the fund is finite and latest forecasts suggest that it will run out in Autumn 2018.  If you are considering implementing a lighting upgrade project, or installing solar PV, and want to benefit from the £5,000 giveaway.. it really is now or never.....

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Topics: Financing, LED lighting

LED Lighting Calculator: How Much Money Could Your Business Save?

Erica Charles 18 May 2018

Upgrading to LED lighting typically halves your lighting bill.

If you install lighting controls at the same time (occupancy sensors etc), you can reduce running costs by around 70%, particularly if half your office is empty, but all your lights are on.

Spirit Energy has this week launched an online LED Lighting Calculator to enable you to see very quickly how much energy, and money, you could save, and how long it would take a lighting upgrade to pay for itself.

FREE

Online LED Calculator

 

Calculate Now

 

Where are the easy wins for your organisation?

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Topics: LED lighting, Calculator

More low carbon grants for SMEs...courtesy of the EU so apply now!

Henry Day 02 Feb 2018

Following on from our previous blog detailing Carbon Trust's Green Business Fund, we have recently become aware of other (EU-funded) free handouts for SME's looking to enhance their green credentials AND reduce their bills!     

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Topics: Battery storage, Financing, LED lighting, Solar PV

Emergency Lighting Compliance: Automatic Test Systems pay for themselves within 3-6 years

Erica Charles 14 Dec 2017

Emergency lighting needs to be checked every month. Any repairs or remedial work must be carried out within a reasonable time and all changes must be recorded.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that a significant proportion of organisations do not regularly test and maintain their emergency lighting.

This is partly because standards have changed (BS 5266 was updated in 2016) and the relevant people may be behind the times. But it’s also because testing emergency lighting every month (and annually for a three hour test) is rather laborious and labour intensive, and therefore expensive.

The fines for non-compliance are even more expensive.

Installing the right test mechanism to make compliance easy is fundamental.

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Topics: LED lighting, Emergency lighting

Emergency Lighting - are you compliant? (What will YOU do if the lights go out?)

Erica Charles 23 Nov 2017

If your mains lighting failed what would you do? Evacuate? Stay put? Use the daylight coming through the skylights or the windows to keep working?

Many organisations have emergency lighting, but it's amazing how few employees/occupants know what the drill is if the lights fail.  A fire alarm going off sends a recognisable message to get out. In contrast, without a clearly communicated policy, normal lighting failing and emergency lighting coming on is more likely to spread confusion, particularly in an environment where carrying on 'normally' is possible without the mains electricity working.

Furthermore, we see quite a few buildings in which the emergency lighting and / or signage hasn't been brought up to regulations - primarily the 2016 updated standard BS 5266

Does your business comply with the following? If not you’re at risk of prosecution:

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Topics: LED lighting, Emergency lighting

LED high bays cut Primrose lighting bill by 60% and removes metal halide fire risk

Erica Charles 12 Oct 2017

Spirit’s warehouse adjoins the warehouse of Primrose, the online gardening retailer. Our unit is full of solar panels, inverters, batteries, LED lights and exciting things like that.  Their unit is full of garden furniture, water features, awnings, wind spinners and all of the exciting things available at www.primrose.co.uk.

Earlier this year we were called in to upgrade the metal halide lights to LED. 

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Topics: Financing, LED lighting, Emergency lighting

£5,000 giveaway for SMEs from the Carbon Trust... could your business benefit?

Erica Charles 27 Sep 2017

Did you know that the Green Business Fund will provide a non-refundable capital contribution of 15% of project costs, up to £5,000 towards the cost of energy efficiency measures such as LED lighting upgrades and solar PV? 

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Topics: Financing, LED lighting, Solar PV