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Cork firms get energized about increasing efficiency

April 27

Cork businesses have been finding out about the latest ways to cut their energy costs at a special energy efficiency briefing held by competitive energy provider Energia.

Cork firms get energized about increasing efficiency

Cork businesses have been finding out about the latest ways to cut their energy costs at a special energy efficiency briefing held by competitive energy provider Energia.

The briefings held with the Cork Chamber of Commerce are designed to educate businesses about energy efficiency, allowing them to further reduce their energy costs. The purpose of this training is to help companies develop and implement their own energy management systems, helping them cut their energy bills and CO2 emissions by up to 20%.

Businesses that attended included Auditel, Dex Green and Wisetec.

Cormac Mannion, Energy Services Manager, Energia commented: “Energia has developed considerable expertise in the area of energy efficiency training. We have helped to boost many businesses’ competitiveness by giving them the knowledge and tools that help them save money by reducing their energy consumption.”

“There are also valuable environmental benefits - by reducing their usage by 10%, each company will significantly reduce their annual CO2 emissions.”

“Energia are now offering customers grants to help our customers fund their energy efficiency projects and help them realise even greater savings through utilisation of cutting edge technology. The scheme provides businesses with funding for up to 30% of the cost of energy saving projects. Replacing lighting, upgrading heating systems and refrigeration, variable speed drives and air compressors are all part of the funding scheme.

“Not only will your business benefit from the funding provided by Energia but with the additional cost savings from the reduction in energy usage means that these projects can literally pay for themselves. The typical savings that can be achieved for each project are detailed here:

1. Lighting: Reduce your lighting costs by up to 75% by switching to LED.

2. Heating: Installing modern controls can save at least 25% of annual heating costs.

3. Refrigeration: Upgrading refrigeration can bring savings of up to 30%.

"In addition, Energia will also provide expertise and assistance with implementation of your project. Whether you are implementing the project yourself or you require assistance from our carefully selected group of partners, Energia can help to get your project underway with safety and quality at the core.”

“Note that projects need to have a minimum capital value of €15,000 to qualify for funding.”

Energia’s web site (www.energia.ie) contains information on how to conduct a simple self audit and detailed information on energy efficiency in business.

Energia has a 26% market share of the Irish business electricity and gas market supplying the energy needs of over 60,000 business customers. In addition to renewable assets, the company also operates a 750MW gas fired power station in north Dublin.

Energia is also powering Irish homes nationwide in the residential electricity and gas market. Energia’s dual fuel offer will guarantee consumers savings of up to 15% off standard rates.

Energia has offices in Dublin, Galway, Cork, Belfast and Omagh.

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