Voluntary Forum sees the light of lower bills

Berwick Voluntary Forum is benefiting from lower bills thanks to energy efficiency work carried out on its Tweed Street premises.

Saturday, 19th March 2016, 06:40 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th March 2016, 12:43 pm
New energy efficient lights at Berwick Voluntary Forum

Part of its lighting was recently replaced with energy efficient LEDs and a SmartStation which links with the electricity meter to show real-time energy consumption.

These measures were installed as part of the Energy Efficiency Fund, created in May 2014 when OFGEM announced a penalty on British Gas Business for failing to correctly apply the processes which allow business customers to switch energy suppliers.

While it is still early days, the results have been encouraging with lower bills and a more comfortable building to work in, as well as awareness on energy spend increasing among employees.

Fiona Calder, administrator, said: “Our building often suffered from poor natural lighting so everyone was delighted to see the new lights fitted, they immediately lifted the place. On top of that, the SmartStation is not only helping better manage costs in real time but it also means staff are more engaged as we can show them how they are making a difference. All in all we expect these measures to save us £700 to £800 per year in electricity bills.”

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For information contact Christine Nicholls, Community Action Northumberland, on 01289 304141 christinenicholls@ca-north.org.uk