Outdoor lighting is an excellent way of highlighting your business or home after dark. It can provide both security and atmosphere depending on your needs. However to save energy do you need to have your lighting on all night? Timers can provide the answer. It’s important to ensure your timer is correct and if it doesn’t automatically update to take account of daylight saving then you need to be ready for when the clocks change!
Everyone loves a hardwood or marble floor, but if you don’t have underfloor heating it can feel cold. Carpets or rugs add comfort but they also insulate, in the same way as blinds or curtains insulate windows. The fibres in the fabric help to trap air. These materials have a greater potential for higher R-values of thermal resistance. The higher the value of R, the better the thermal performance and heat retention.
Are you using portable electric heaters? This form of space heating is inefficient at warming a room, costing you energy and money. Consider the benefits of a centralised Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) system, where both heating and cooling can be delivered using refrigerant as the medium. These systems are very efficient, costing at a minimum a third of the running costs of an electric space heater. This kind of heating provides an efficient, easy to control and easy to install method of heating large spaces such as schools and older offices.
A low flow shower head or tap not only saves money but also the amount of energy used to heat water that you are not using. It’s estimated savings of £325 can be made over a 10 year lifespan of a new shower head. Plus you can potentially save 8,155 gallons of water per year!
Large contractors can seriously improve their development’s sustainability performance by adopting this approach in their specifications or employer’s requirements.
This month across the Briggs & Forrester Group, we have been collecting for local charities. Each region was set with the challenge of donating much needed food and supplies to a local food bank, homeless centre or children’s hospice in time for Christmas.
At our Northampton head office, we chose to support the Hope Centre who work to relieve poverty and tackle the causes of homelessness in Northampton, by giving people a hand up.
As the colder months set in, follow these tips from Low Energy Consultancy to save energy and money over the Winter period.
- Open your curtains during the day and make the most of the heat from the sun.
- Cover up drafty windows with plastic sheets and tape to keep the cold air out.
- Schedule a service for your heating system to keep it running efficiently.
- Reduce heat loss from your fireplace by keeping it covered when not in use.
- Swap your old Christmas lights for energy saving LED’s.
The Briggs & Forrester Bristol office has relocated to accommodate a growing team in the South West.
Since opening in 2014, Briggs & Forrester has established itself within the region and secured multiple high profile projects such as Dyson D9, Forbury Place and Dowty Propellers.
Fit-out works were carried our prior to the move to create a modern and dynamic space which provides a comfortable and conducive working environment for the team. The office is also situated in a more accessible location just off the M5 on the north side of the city.
The Briggs & Forrester team at Newfoundland have recently held a Christmas raffle in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital. They set themselves a challenge with an ambitious target, to raise £1500 in two weeks.
Steve Perry, Construction Manager said “I'm glad to say with the support of all the sub-contractors and suppliers who donated prizes and bought tickets, we managed to smash through our initial £1500 target and raised £2500!.”
A fantastic effort from all the team for a very worthwhile cause.
Here are five handy tips to help you save energy this Christmas.
- Swap your old Christmas lights for energy saving LED’s which use around 90% less energy.
- Switch off your appliances, and avoid leaving them on standby.
- Set timers for your lights, and wait until dark to switch them one.
- Rather than watch the TV, make the most of family time and play some board games!
- If you have the Christmas tree lights on, turn the room lights off and make the most of the festive ambiance.
Good luck to Stuart Barden, Engineering Services Pre-Contract Manager, who is donning fake tan, sequins and glitter and taking to the stage for ‘Strictly Christmas 2017’ in Coventry this weekend, in aid of Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice.
Stepping out of his comfort zone, Stuart is one of 20 novice dancers, who have never danced before, paired with a trained dancer. They will perform the Waltz and the Jive over the two date event (Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th Dec) in front of a judging panel!