New support aims to help organisations to switch on lighting savings

Posted on Dec 23 2014 - 8:40am by Sustainable News

Resource Efficient Scotland, a programme of Scottish Government funded Zero Waste Scotland, has launched a free package of support to help Scottish organisations to reduce their lighting bills and save money this winter.

Marissa Lippiatt, Head of Resource Efficient Scotland welcomed the new package, which includes practical guides, training workshops, and free one-to-one project support from specialist advisers:

“For Scottish organisations, lighting costs typically account for over 20 percent of their annual energy bill – this is a major outgoing, particularly with the price of energy rising.  However recent years have seen improvements in lighting technology, providing businesses with the opportunity to modernise their lighting systems. This new package of support is designed to help organisations across Scotland to take advantage of these opportunities and lower their lighting bills – often at little or no cost.”

New guides will help organisations implement tried-and-tested lighting improvement projects including simple low and no cost projects, and to successfully carry out a lighting upgrade or replacement project.

New support aims to help organisations to switch on lighting savings

New support aims to help organisations to switch on lighting savings

Supporting workshops in Glasgow and Aberdeen and online seminars are being held in December with the support of ScottishPower. The Resource Efficient Scotland helpline also offers dedicated one-to-one to support to help decision makers overcome any hurdles they face such as finding suppliers or accessing available funding.

Jim Paterson, ScottishPower’s UK Marketing Director said: “Lighting makes up a big proportion of energy bills for most businesses, particularly in winter when daylight is in short supply.  I would encourage any organisation thinking about their energy efficiency to look at their lighting and we’ll be helping our SME customers with tips and advice through Resource Efficient Scotland’s online tools and one-to-one support”.
East Kilbride manufacturer, Merson Group has already benefited from Resource Efficient Scotland support. The free support identified opportunities to save £12,700 per year on warehouse lighting, and a further £1,080 on improved office lighting.
Joe Chaney, Merson Group’s Safety, Health Environment and Quality Manager said: “The free, independent advice we’ve received from Resource Efficient Scotland has given us the confidence to go ahead and improve our lighting systems in the sure knowledge that we will significantly reduce our operating costs.”

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