A business services organisation will see their sky-high heating bills drop significantly thanks to a Low Carbon Workspaces grant.

Let’s Do Business is a not-for-profit organisation which spends its funds supporting local businesses, but eye-watering heating bills had threatened to restrict the amount of support it could offer. With one look around their premises, it was clear to the team that both energy and financial savings could be made.

Kaye Crittell of Let’s Do Business takes up the story: “Part of the reason we have had such high heating bills in winter were the old, wooden framed, single-glaze windows on two sides of our building. The heat loss from these windows was enormous, which was both an immediate concern when staff are trying to work, and a big concern all over again when we got the heating bills through!”

Help was at hand in the form of a £5,000 grant from Low Carbon Workspaces, a scheme delivered by Ngage Solutions which helps businesses identify energy efficiency savings in their workplace and provides up to £5,000 to help implement measures that will produce those savings. In the case of Let’s Do Business, the grant enabled a total of 14 antiquated windows to be replaced with the double-glazed, PVC-framed variety, instantly improving the energy efficiency of the office.

Businesses that lease their office space do not always contemplate making substantial and long-lasting changes to the infrastructure of their building. However, it is worth investing in energy saving improvements in any circumstance as the financial benefits are immediate. 

“It’s early days but we’ve already noticed the difference in the office,” says Kaye. “Over the next couple of quarters as the bills come in we’ll see and feel the savings in a big way. As we are a not-for-profit organisation, any money that we save is money we can spend directly supporting local businesses.”

This support includes promoting grants such as Low Carbon Workspaces, meaning Let’s Do Business not only practices what it preaches but is well-placed to espouse the benefits of the grant to local businesses. “The Low Carbon Workspaces team were really helpful throughout the whole grant process,” says Kaye. “Any time I needed help, they were there to tell me what to do in order to get the grant.”

The Head of Business Support at Ngage Solutions, Heather Dean, is happy with the grant’s impact: “Having recently extended the lease on their premises and with increasing staff numbers, the company felt it would be a worthwhile investment to replace the wooden-framed windows and cut back on their heating costs. I am delighted that the Low Carbon Workspaces grant prompted them to act, improving profitability and energy efficiency.”

Find out how a Low Carbon Workspaces grant could cut your energy bills. Call 01494 927131 or visit www.lowcarbonworkspaces.co.uk to see if you could get a grant of up to £5,000.

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