Claydon House Business Centre, run by Sarratt Management Ltd in Aylesbury, is home to start-ups and small businesses and organisations. The various offices and meeting rooms in the building were previously lit by inefficient fluorescent tube lights, something Sarratt Management recognised as an issue and set about rectifying. A referral to Low Carbon Workspaces followed, and a grant of just under £2,000 was delivered to support the business’s energy saving efforts.
Sarratt Management replaced all of the quad fluorescent fittings with slim-line LED panels. The expected savings? £920, 8,350 kWh and 4.67 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. These savings represent fully 29% of their electricity usage. Measurements taken post-installation show the business is on track to deliver these savings.
While these savings will benefit Sarratt Management, all of the businesses and employees that call Claydon House Business Centre their home will feel the effects. The upside to LED lighting is not just financial, it can be health-related too. A reduction in headaches, less stress and anxiety, and a more balanced circadian rhythm have all been associated with LEDs when compared to fluorescent lights.
Rupert Potter, Managing Director of Sarratt Management Ltd, said: “The Low Carbon Workspace grant made a project we were keen to do affordable for us. The new lighting not only saves us money, it also looks great. It will pay for itself in just a few years. With help from the Low Carbon Workspaces team the application process was simple and quick.”
Low Carbon Workspaces Project Officer Lisa Gibson said: “With a simple change of lighting, a business can make significant yearly savings. LED lighting is well known to be more energy efficient than fluorescent lighting, and lasts up to 3.75 times as long, reducing the cost of replacement.
“If a business is constantly dreading the next energy bill arriving, it would be a good time to look into measures that can help reduce them.”