Designing an Energy Efficient Future with Low Carbon Workspaces

Business Ambassador Satellite Creative, a design agency in Tring, has taken a whole-office approach to reduce its energy bills and carbon footprint.

Following a site visit from a Low Carbon Workspaces Energy Adviser to help them identify energy efficiency opportunities and calculate potential savings, they installed LED lighting, an efficient boiler and new air-conditioning units in their office.

Low Carbon Workspaces was also able to provide a grant of £5,000 to cover a third of the implementation costs.

A total of 17 LED panels were installed to replace 18 fluorescent fixtures, with yearly savings of £400, 3,300 kWh and 1.16 tonnes of CO2 emissions expected. The LED panels also provide a brighter, more evenly distributed light, important for detailed design work.

The new 89% efficient combi boiler should reduce annual gas usage by 3,360 kWh, saving £125 and 0.6 tonnes of CO2 emissions. It replaced a non-condensing model over 15 years in age with an efficiency of no more than 75%.

Four ageing, split-system air-conditioning units using R22 refrigerant (which is being phased out under EU law) were replaced with modern versions with inverter controlled compressors. Savings of 950 kWh, £115, and 0.3 tonnes of CO2 emissions are expected each year.

Low Carbon Workspaces Project Officer Rowan Wallis said: “It was great to see Satellite Creative consider energy usage throughout their premises. Energy costs have started to rise again, so the benefit from all three projects will only increase over time.”

Low Carbon Workspaces is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), with grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 available to businesses in Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and the Black Country to put towards projects that will reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

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