Smart lighting programme set to save Scots manufacturers £000s in annual energy bills

Smart lighting pic RESBy DARA BUTTERFIELD

Resource Efficient Scotland (RES) – a Scottish Government funded programme – has launched a free package of support to help Scottish organisations to reduce their lighting bills and save money this winter.

East Kilbride-based manufacturer, Merson Group has already benefited from the support programme which identified opportunities to save £12,700 per year on warehouse lighting, and a further £1,080 on improved office lighting.

Joe Chaney, Safety Health Environment and Quality Manager, Merson Group, said: “The free, independent advice we 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.”

 The package, includes practical guides, training workshops, and free one-to-one project support from specialist advisers.

Jim Paterson, UK Marketing Director, Scottish Power, 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”.

Supporting workshops in Glasgow and Aberdeen and online seminars are being held in December with the support of the utility company.

An RES spokesman said:  “For Scottish organisations, lighting costs typically account for more than 20% 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.”

 

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