College continues to cut costs with Salix funding
Following the success of a major lighting upgrade at Hackney Community Collage during the second half of 2015, Hackney Community College embarked on a second project to upgrade internal and external lighting to LED to reduce energy consumption. Expected savings for the first project were £70 000 a year, with a return on investment of 2.8 years. The latest project is expected to save £25 000 a year. Both projects were carried out by Energys.
Ruth Lomax, communications director with Hackney Community College, explains, ‘The LED lighting has brought a definite, cost-efficient improvement to the quality and comfort factor of lighting inside the college, and it made sense to optimise the remaining areas in similar fashion. This time work focused on the dance and performing-arts studios, a number of classrooms and offices, corridors and outdoor areas of the campus.’
As in the first phase, Energys utilised its comprehensive knowledge of the Salix funding scheme to secure financial assistance under the Salix college energy fund.
The project used a variety of products from Energys Group’s New Vision range.
Indoors, specified items included LED tubes, panels, downlighters, wall lights, dimmable solutions and spotlights.
Outside, the new installation comprises a blend of LED uplighters, bollard lights, eyelid wall lights, photocell units, floodlights and path lights.
Energys estimates that the new internal lighting will save the college £16 000 a year with a return on investment of 2.6 years, with external lighting saving £9000 a year to give a return on investment of 4.5 years.