A Low Carbon Workspaces grant has helped a Walsall business save money with a new lighting system.

E. Hulme & Son was looking to improve the energy performance of its manufacturing facility in the Black Country to ensure that a proposed solar photovoltaic (PV) project could achieve the higher Feed in Tariff rate. 

The Low Carbon Workspaces team confirmed that replacing the current lighting onsite with LEDs would contribute to a higher Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating, and provide great savings compared with the current lighting - particularly as LEDs last up to 3.75 times longer than fluorescent lights. The team awarded a £1,100 grant to E. Hulme & Son to replace its 20W, 60W, 85W, and 500W lights with 6W, 15W, 20W, and 28W LEDs. This will help the leather goods manufacturer save hundreds of pounds, 1,750 kWhs of electricity, and 0.62 tonnes of CO2e per year.

“I was very impressed with the Low Carbon Workspaces team,” said Robert Hulme, Managing Director of E. Hulme & Son. “If we hadn't received this funding, we wouldn't have even looked into making these changes to begin with. I was 100% satisfied with how the grant application was managed. The team at Low Carbon Workspaces helped guide me towards a more efficient type of lighting (LEDs) than had been suggested by an electrician, determined other energy measures that could be implemented, and provided me with details of other grant funding available.”

Alex Beckett, Low Carbon Workspaces Programme Manager, explained: “E. Hulme & Son had several goals in mind when embarking on this project, and I am delighted that we could help them with every one of these. The financial and energy savings they will see are a great start, and in addition the grant will help the business achieve a higher EPC rating and thus progress its implementation of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.”

Get in touch with Low Carbon Workspaces to see how we can support your energy efficiency plans with grants between £1,000 and £5,000. Call 01494 927131 or email info@lowcarbonworkspaces.co.uk to chat to the team.

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