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Why change lighting to LED? 10 Reasons.

LED lighting uses significantly less energy (typically around 90% less than a standard tungsten or halogen bulb).

Properly specified LED lamps last for up to 50,000 hours. In an office 9:00 to 5:00 situation that’s around 22 years.

LED lamps are easier and safer to recycle.

LED lamps give a better quality of light and avoid strobing and glare which can lead to headaches.

LED lamps provide instant light, no warm-up required.

LED lamps can be switched on and off without any effects to their longevity.

LED lights can be specified to dim if required.

LED lighting is broadly unaffected by warm or cold environments.

LED lamps require little maintenance a key consideration when compared to alternative lamp life and access to change bulbs

LED technology is moving at a pace and prices will now give paybacks typically under 3 years.

Why are motors important in energy saving?

Globally, motors and pumps account for more than 50% of all energy consumed. Addressing savings from motors is therefore very important.

Motor efficiencies has improved greatly in recent years and the opportunity to install variable speed drives can deliver massive savings in the right environment which can be calculated using the cube law.

Why should I Insulate?

Insulation makes a huge impact on thermal comfort in both winter and summer. In most cases it is the single most cost-effective measure that can be implemented in any built environment.

Insulating the fabric (shell) of a building will reduce this structure’s u value. This is the heat flow in watts through a square metre of the fabric surface (wall, roof, window etc) per degree of temperature difference. It is measured in W/m2K.

By insulating effectively, the installer can reduce heat flow dramatically and reduce the amount (and therefore expense) of heating a building. As an example, an uninsulated loft under a pitched roof may have a u value as high as 3.0. With 450mm of insulation between and above joists, this could be reduced to 0.07W/m2K. At a given temperature difference, halving the u value can halve the heat loss.

How should I start addressing energy efficiency?

Establish a baseline using your billing data and use this as a point from which to target savings.

Find out the surface areas of your buildings and divide total energy use by fuel type against each area.

Compare this against similar types of buildings as a benchmark.

Conduct an energy audit of your site equipment and operation to establish where the significant energy users are.

Target profligate usage and poor behaviours (leaving on equipment, lights and screens etc).

Make quick wins.

Produce and energy policy and get it adopted by senior management.

Conduct a formal energy assessment with a qualified energy manager that understands your business and is independent of particular products and manufacturers.

Don’t rush into installing technologies that seem to offer anything that looks too good to be true.

If in doubt, ask a professional…

Legislation ESOS and SECR

What are ESOS and SECR?


ESOS applies to all large organisations across the 28 European (EU) members states (and will continue to include the UK beyond Brexit).

Deadline for compliance and notification of Phase 2 completion is 5th December 2019.

Contact us for a confidential and no obligation discussion and advice on how we can assist you to establish this, and if mandated, deliver compliance and significant financial savings.


New legislation known as the Streamlined Energy and Carbon Emissions Reporting (SECR) is a Regulation that comes into force in the UK from 1st April 2019.

The regulation applies to large companies and LLPs that meet two of the three criteria below:

Turnover:                   £36 million or more

Balance Sheet Total:  £18 million or more

Employee Numbers:  250 or more

The published guidance is available on-line. We can deliver this service should you need it. Alternatively we can help you to establish if you need to comply or what you may need to do to comply. Contact us to find out more.

Am I affected by ESOS and SECR?


If you are a large organisation in the UK (and this will continue beyond Brexit).

A large company in the UK is defined as:
having 250 or more employees

or has an annual turnover of €50m

and a balance sheet of €43m.

There are companies that may have recently achieved these employee numbers or financial targets as new entrants that may not be required to conduct ESOS for Phase 2.

Contact us for a confidential and no obligation discussion and advice on how we can assist you to establish this, and if mandated, deliver compliance and significant financial savings.


From 1st April 2019, if you meet ESOS requirements or are a large company or Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) as defined under the Companies Act 2006, yoiu will be required to act on SECR if you also meet two of the three conditions below:

  • More than 250 employees
  • Annual turnover greater than £36m
  • Annual balance sheet total greater than £18m

The requirements of the SECR apply to company financial years beginning on or after the 1st April 2019. We would advise companies to establish whether or not they are going to b affected by this Regulation.

We can organise this service should you need it. Alternatively, we can help you  in establishing whether you need to comply and if so, what you may need to do to comply. No charge for helping to establish this. Contact us to find out more.

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