Grants of up to £5k to reduce business energy costs

The Low Carbon Workspaces Project team: (L-R) Project Officers Lisa Gibson and Rowan Wallis with Programme Manager Alex Beckett.

Low Carbon Workspaces has added a raft of new items to its list of technologies eligible for a grant with support now available to help businesses reduce waste, water and vehicle fuel costs; in addition to gas and electricity bills.

The types of additional projects now eligible for funding from Low Carbon Workspaces include: electric and plug-in hybrid electric fleet vehicles, water efficiency measures, waste reduction methods, renewable heat and electricity generating technology, as well as battery storage systems.

Low Carbon Workspaces helps small to medium sized enterprises in the Black Country identify opportunities to reduce consumption in energy and resources, and provides grant funding to help deliver or pay for the installation of resource efficiency solutions.

As well as the new measures, the grant can still help fund energy efficiency solutions such as insulation, LED lighting, double glazing, voltage optimisation technology, energy efficient boilers and workplace equipment (e.g. computers and printers). Making changes like these can have an immediate impact on a business’s energy spend.

The chances are there is too much waste in your business because almost every business wastes either inventory, products, services, or time. But none pinch quite as much as wasting energy, and the frustrating thing is that it’s normally very easy to spot this waste

Becoming more energy efficient is a team effort that starts at the top. If the employee handbook includes tips on saving energy, then turning the office lights off in the evening can become as natural at work as it is at home. Explaining to employees what it is you hope to invest in with money saved is a great way of helping people visualise the benefits of saving energy.

Low Carbon Workspaces has a great track record of helping businesses to save on their energy bills and cut their greenhouse gas emissions. The team works with businesses to identify ways they can reduce their energy usage. Our experienced energy advisers can visit your site so you get the benefit of their expert advice alongside the money for your project.

Lighting the way to energy efficiency

A Low Carbon Workspaces grant has helped a Walsall business save money with a new lighting system.

E. Hulme & Son was looking to improve the energy performance of its manufacturing facility in the Black Country to ensure that a proposed solar photovoltaic (PV) project could achieve the higher Feed in Tariff rate.

The Low Carbon Workspaces team confirmed that replacing the current lighting onsite with LEDs would contribute to a higher Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating, and provide great savings compared with the current lighting - particularly as LEDs last up to 3.75 times longer than fluorescent lights. The team awarded a £1,100 grant to E. Hulme & Son to replace its 20W, 60W, 85W, and 500W lights with 6W, 15W, 20W, and 28W LEDs. This will help the leather goods manufacturer save hundreds of pounds, 1,750 kWhs of electricity, and 0.62 tonnes of CO2e per year.

“I was very impressed with the Low Carbon Workspaces team,” said Robert Hulme, Managing Director of E. Hulme & Son. “If we hadn't received this funding, we wouldn't have even looked into making these changes to begin with. I was 100% satisfied with how the grant application was managed. The team at Low Carbon Workspaces helped guide me towards a more efficient type of lighting (LEDs) than had been suggested by an electrician, determined other energy measures that could be implemented, and provided me with details of other grant funding available.”

Alex Beckett, Low Carbon Workspaces Programme Manager, explained: “E. Hulme & Son had several goals in mind when embarking on this project, and I am delighted that we could help them with every one of these. The financial and energy savings they will see are a great start, and in addition the grant will help the business achieve a higher EPC rating and thus progress its implementation of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.”

Get in touch with Low Carbon Workspaces to see how we can support your energy efficiency plans with grants between £1,000 and £5,000. Call 01494 927131 or email info@lowcarbonworkspaces.co.uk to chat to the team.

"The grant process was smooth and we quickly received £5,000. We immediately put this to use on a raft of new LED light fittings throughout our office and factory."

Kevin Harman
Managing Director, ABA Stronalva

To check if you’re eligible for a grant of up to £5,000 and receive a free guide to energy efficiency, visit www.lowcarbonworkspaces.co.uk

Call the team: 01494 927131

Or email: info@lowcarbonworkspaces.co.uk

IMPORTANT: The Low Carbon Workspaces project is delivered by Ngage Solutions and we will NEVER ask for any kind of payment, by pre-paid credit card or any other method, before a business can access a grant.

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