Energia takes bite out of Equipet’s energy costs

November 24

New lighting units save over 26 tonnes of CO2 annually

Energia takes bite out of Equipet’s energy costs

Grant funding for projects that reduce running costs by up to 89%

24th November 2016 – Competitive energy provider Energia has taken a bite out of Equipet energy costs, saving the business almost €8,000 each year and reducing its carbon footprint by a massive 26 tonnes each year.
Energia worked with Equipet to upgrade the lighting systems at its Drogheda and Ashbourne stores. Between the two stores, over 65 old fluorescent lights were replaced by considerably more energy efficient LED lighting systems. The energy savings from the lighting upgrade is expected to be 30,000 kWh. This will reduce the company’s carbon footprint by 26 tonnes each year. Crucially it will also cut its annual energy bills by almost €8,000 annually.
Equipet is a pet, equestrian and outdoor clothing retailer. Established in 2006, the company is 100% Irish owned and has stores in Dundalk, Ashbourne, Drogheda, Coolock and Navan.
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 30% 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
  • Refrigeration: new systems can reduce your costs by up to 30%
Ian McCaffrey, Equipet commented, “We became aware of Energia’s Cash for Kilowatts scheme when we switched to them in 2016. We were considering changing our lighting to more energy efficient LEDs but the fact that there is a significant grant available definitely speeded up the decision. The upgrade work was very smooth and had no impact on our operations.”
Kevin O’Kane, Energia commented, “Equipet 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. Full details are available on or by emailing [email protected].”
“Through the scheme we’re delighted to be supporting the national upgrade programme ‘Better Energy’ and the National Climate Change Strategy.  Since our initiative began Energia has supported over 700 projects around Ireland, which has saved them over €10 million a year on their electricity bills. Together we have saved 93,000,000 kWh per year and prevented 43 million tonnes of carbon being needlessly released into our environment.”
“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 30% of the project total cost. Businesses can find out more by contacting Energia. Full details are available on 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 a 23% market share of the Irish business electricity and gas market supplying the energy needs of almost 60,000 business customers.
Energia has offices in Dublin, Galway, Cork and Belfast.

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