This week our Energy Saving Tip is ‘Patch the leak'! Save money and keep those annoying draughts at bay by sealing air leaks around doors and windows at home and in the office. Leaky doors and windows can account for high energy heating and cooling costs - 20% or more in a home and 5-10% for a business.
Congratulation to E.ON Energy Installations Ltd, Caerphilly Borough Council, Elite Rendering System Ltd, E.ON Energy, SAMS Drylining and Wetherby who won the ‘Regional Large Scale Project’ category for their work on the ‘Caerphilly Phase 2 Lansbury Park’ project, sponsored by LEC, at last night’s ‘2018 Wales Regional Energy Efficiency Awards’ at the Hilton in Cardiff.
Adam Alexander and Nicola Scott were there on the night and Adam presented the award to the winners!
Llongyfarchiadau i E.ON Energy Installations Ltd, Caerphilly Borough Council, Elite Rendering System Ltd, E.ON Energy, SAMS Drylining a Wetherby am enill y gowbr am ‘Regional Large Scale Project’ a noddir gan LEC, am ei waith ar y ‘Caerphilly Phase 2 Lansbury Park’ prosiect yn y ‘2018 Regional Energy Efficiency Awards’ yn Caerdydd neithiwr! Da iawn hefyd I pawb oedd yn y rownd derfynol!
Roedd Adam Alexander a Nicola Scott o LEC yn bresennol ar y noson, a wnaeth Adan cyflwyno y gwobr a’r tystysgrif i’r enillwyr!
This week our Energy Saving Tip is to make the switch to LED light bulbs. The average home has around 40 light sockets and by changing the bulbs you use you can make significant savings. LED light bulbs have a 25,000 hour lifespan and they produce less heat. You could save £25 a year per bulb!
Are you about to undertake a new construction project? If so, are you fully up to speed with your obligations to ensure BREEAM regulations?
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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.