Newey & Eyre experts give the ‘green light’ for flagship branch
As an organisation, Newey & Eyre likes to practise what it preaches. In line with this philosophy, the company has taken steps to achieve significant savings on energy bills at one of its flagship branches.It is a well recognised fact that lighting is one of the main areas where savings can be made on energy usage, particularly for companies with large warehouses and storage spaces. Such areas generally need to be properly illuminated for most of the time for operational purposes and overall safety reasons, and therefore lighting tends to be left on for long periods of time.
Keen to save energy and to reduce fuel bills at the Birmingham facility, branch manager Robin Weaving called in Newey & Eyre’s specialist Energy 24/7 team to undertake a full review of the lighting provision and make recommendations on the best course of action.
When evaluating lighting and energy usage, one of the first steps is to ensure that all lamps are providing the most efficient and cost effective solution. An example would be to replace sodium or mercury vapor lamps with newer metal halide models. In addition, installing new electronic ballasts for HID lamps, which with use of photocells and occupancy sensors, offer improved control techniques. Where large warehouse space is concerned, selecting LED high and low bay fittings will provide the best savings.
Robin Weaving said, ‘As one of Newey & Eyre’s biggest and busiest branches and like any other company or organisation with a large warehouse, ours is in constant use with staff needing to find products and equipment as quickly and accurately as possible for our customers. Usually, our lighting runs for 12 hours each day, five days a week.
‘The existing 48 x 400W low bays were consuming a large amount of energy and we also found that because of such high usage, the lamps were requiring regular replacement which was both time consuming and costly.
‘Since the launch of Energy Saving 24/7, we are providing practical advice to our customers on a daily basis about how they can achieve energy savings for themselves, so we thought it was important to lead by example and address our own situation.’
Following consultation with the Energy Saving 24/7 team, a solution and course of action was agreed upon. A total of 32 x 150W LED high bay and 16 x 80W LED low bay fittings were selected and installed at the branch. The team’s assessment projected that the lighting bill will reduce from £7,603.60 to £2,031.41, providing an impressive saving of £5,572.20 per year when comparing annual running costs with the previous lighting arrangement.
As well as saving on fuel bills, installing the latest products and equipment will also reduce maintenance time and, in turn, cost. The new lamps offer an average life of 60,000 hours each, which translates into a significant anticipated saving of £79,935.55 on lamp life for the installation.
Robin Weaving added, ‘Not only is this great news for our branch and the Newey & Eyre business overall, it is also good for conserving resources and the environment as our energy consumption for warehouse lighting will reduce from 75,279Kwh to just 20,550Kwh per year.
‘In addition, not only is the new installation saving us money, but it is also giving us a far better colour rendering than the old fittings. It is much more like a natural daylight colour and effect, which provides a much better working environment for the warehouse staff.’