20 January, 2018

The Hydraulic Centre saves 17 tonnes of carbon a year through lighting upgrade

18 March, 2011

The Hydraulic Centre, a Coventry-based company that repairs and tests hydraulics, has successfully secured a Government-funded loan to reduce its carbon footprint. The company was able to cut its lighting energy consumption in half by using a retrofit converter, ‘Save It Easy’ from Energys, to install energy efficient lighting throughout its engineering workshop and accompanying offices.

“Improving energy efficiency is something we are very concerned about at the Hydraulic Centre,” said managing director, Phil Roxburgh. “We’ve found that implementing better energy practices in our workshop has already led to both financial savings and a smaller carbon footprint. We already have equipment on-site that meters and limits the electricity that our machinery uses. It was a natural next step to consider upgrading our lighting – but only provided we could find a cost-effective means of doing so.”
 
Under the Carbon Trust loans scheme, businesses can borrow between £3000 and £100,000 to purchase energy saving equipment. Loans can be repaid over four years, with repayments covered by savings on fuel bills. With its Carbon Trust loan in place, the Hydraulic Centre used a subcontractor to install 405 energy efficient T5 lamps across its site. Using Save It Easy, the lamps were simply slotted into the old light fittings, removing the usual need to rip out and replace fittings that do not match the physical and technical specifications of the high-tech lamps.
 
As a result of the new lighting, the Hydraulic Centre expects to cuts its lighting energy needs by almost 50 per cent. The company has forecasted to reduce its annual electricity bill by £4138 and the project is expected to achieve payback in just 15 months. The reduction in energy use onsite has also been estimated to save 17 tonnes of carbon per year.





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