BiS Valves – LED Lighting Project

Location: Wimborne, Dorset
Project cost:
£15,331
Grant: £6,132.40
Estimated Savings: 24 tonnes of CO2 per year / £7,000 per year
Equipment / Installer: 212 LED Light fittings – Low Energy Solutions

View BiS Valve’s case study here

BIS Valves is a design and manufacturing company based in Wimborne with a large and costly electricity consumption. In a bid to reduce their energy demand BiS Valves decided to replace 203 of their existing light fittings with LEDs. This switch reduced the electricity they use for lighting by 70%.

After identifying an urgent need to lower their carbon footprint BiS Valves reached out to Low Carbon Dorset to explore the carbon saving potential of LED lighting.  A site visit and energy report by Low Carbon Dorset’s technical officer Erik highlighted that around 25% of BiS Valves’ electricity consumption was down to lighting.  By swapping to LEDs this could be reduced by over 70%, meaning big carbon and cost savings.

203 old light fittings (mostly T8 fluorescent tubes) were replaced with 212 highly efficient LED alternatives. The switch to LEDs is estimated to save BiS Valves £6,783.68 in their energy bills every year and 24 tonnes of CO2. With the help of a 40% grant from Low Carbon Dorset, BiS Valves’ new lights will pay for themselves in just over a year.

Further carbon saving measures were identified in BiS Valves’ energy report. These included replacing a gas-fired heating system with an air-source heat pump, exploring the possibility of roof-mounted solar PV panels, and replacing compressed air generation equipment with more efficient alternatives.

This grant came at just the right time as we had been considering switching to LEDs, but the project was cost prohibitive despite the savings we could have been making.

“Erik from Low Carbon Dorset was very helpful with the whole process of the grant application and the further recommendations that we may take up in due course.”

Tina Thompson, Finance Director – BiS Valves

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