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Belfast’s S&L Furniture sitting on major energy savings after lighting upgrade with Energia

September 14

Competitive energy provider Energia’s recent lighting upgrade project with S&L furniture has highlighted the huge savings available to Northern Irish businesses from energy efficiency projects.

Belfast’s S&L Furniture sitting on major energy savings after lighting upgrade with Energia

Pictured are Thomas Kelly, Manager, S&L Furniture and Jennifer Treacy, Energia's Energy Services Co-Ordinator. Photo: Michael Cooper.
 
14th September 2017 – Competitive energy provider Energia’s recent lighting upgrade project with S&L furniture has highlighted the huge savings available to Northern Irish businesses from energy efficiency projects.
 
S&L Furniture is a family-run furniture store in Belfast that has been serving the community for the last 30 years, supplying high quality beds, sofas and mattresses at excellent prices. Their 15,000sq ft showroom is located in an old cinema building on the Castlereagh Road in Belfast.
 
The company’s old fluorescent light fittings had been in place for over 20 years and were in much need of updating; the shop was quite dark and the company was continually undertaking maintenance on the lights. Around five years ago they had looked at replacing them but weren’t happy with the quality of the light and felt they should wait since lighting technology was rapidly changing.
 
In 2016 they decided to look into LEDs again. This time they were happy with the quality, the environmental benefits of reducing their energy use and the prospect of saving on their electricity bill. They installed 57 LED fittings with minimal disruption. As a result are making savings of around 18,000 kWh’s each year.
 
All of the staff are absolutely delighted with the new lights. The lights are 15-20% brighter, which means S&L are able to show off their products to better effect, as well as being able to give customers a truer impression of the fabric colours.
 
This work was carried out under Energia’s “Cash for Kilowatts” scheme that provides grant funding to companies for energy efficiency projects. It means that any company carrying out an energy efficiency project can qualify for grant funding based on the amount of energy they save. The grant can fund up to 20% of the project cost. This scheme is open to all businesses, whether or not they are customers of Energia. 
 
As well as benefitting from the generous grants, businesses will also make very significant ongoing savings through the energy efficiency projects. For example:
 
  • Lighting: LED and high efficiency lighting can typically reduce your lighting costs by up to 75%
  • Heating: a new boiler or heating controls can save over 25% of your annual fuel costs
 
Thomas Kelly, Manager, S&L Furniture said, “Not only have the lights created a better working environment but we are also saving almost 50% on our electricity bills since we installed the LED fittings. We also availed of the Carbon Trust loan so we had no upfront costs.”
 
“We found the grant process with Energia to be very straightforward and would recommend it to any businesses considering energy efficiency projects.”
 
Janine O’Donnell, Energy Services Programme Manager, Energia commented, “S&L Furniture is following a wide range of Energia customers by making its operations more energy efficient. By working with us they can save significant amounts of money on their energy bills and reduce their carbon footprint.”
 
“Energia in association with NISEP has funding available in Northern Ireland for energy efficiency projects.  Since our initiative began Energia has supported over 1000 projects around Northern Ireland, which has lifetime savings of £246 million on electricity bills. Together we have lifetime savings of almost 1500 GWh.”
 
“Our scheme encourages companies to see the importance of investing in their long term energy usage. The more energy you save, the larger the financial contribution we will offer you. The aim of the grant is to shorten the financial payback period of your investment; our contribution covers on average 20% of the project total cost. Businesses can find out more by contacting Energia. Full details are available on www.energia.ie/business/ni or by emailing [email protected].”
 
“Energia has a long standing commitment to sustainability. This is one of the reasons why we are one of the leading providers of renewable energy to homes and businesses across Ireland. We currently supply over 795MWs of green power and thanks to a number of wind farms currently in development, we will soon increase this to 1,000MWs. Energia Group remains one of the most significant contributors to the achievement of Ireland’s renewable targets and one of the largest investors in the renewable sector.”
 
Energia has offices in Belfast, Dublin, Galway and Cork
 
ENDS
 
For more information contact:
 
Cian Connaughton, MKC Communications - +353 87 6480809
 

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