The Client

Embsay Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School is a happy and popular village school near Skipton in North Yorkshire. It sets high standards and expectations and is rated “outstanding” by Ofsted inspectors.

The Brief

The school was impressed by a SaveMoneyCutCarbon case study on another Yorkshire school nearby and made initial inquiries about how to fund an LED lighting upgrade, with a pressing need to replace old and end-of-life fittings.

Embsay is community-focused and has been recognised as an Eco-School for its environmental work. It was keen to reduce energy consumption and related expense in powering the lighting but also to reduce its carbon footprint and cover this through solutions were cost-effective.

Another benefit with an LED lighting upgrade would be reduction in costs and time involved in replacing and fixing broken lamps and fittings while also reducing health and safety risk.

The school wanted to use funds being spent on electricity bills on pupil focused activities and resources.

The Solution

The school invited SaveMoneyCutCarbon to carry out a full survey and present the business case for retrofit. After agreement, the Field Services team – all fully DBS checked – managed the installation through a detailed schedule.

SaveMoneyCutCarbon also successfully managed the application process for Salix funding, providing an interest-free solution, with repayments covered by the energy-cost savings made.

Annual savings of £1,635.12 from our energy saving solutions
Payback in 8 yrs with Salix funding

The Field Services team replaced 210 lamps with top quality LEDs, including Thorn panels, Verbatim tubes, BG Luceco floodlights and Liteplan emergency lighting.

Well manufactured LED lighting has a working life of 50,000 hours with little or no light degradation, unlike fluorescent tubes that typically last 8,000 hours and provide increasingly poor light quality as they age.

The long lifetime of LEDs also cuts maintenance costs and reduces the amount of waste going to landfill.

Quality LEDs are also flicker-free, which provides much better conditions for working and learning, particularly for those susceptible to headaches or other symptoms which can be associated with poor lighting.

To minimise disruption to school activities, the installation team completed the project on time and within budget during the half-term holiday.

SaveMoneyCutCarbon also worked with the school to distribute a letter to parents with details of energy savings as well as discount vouchers for energy and water-saving products.

“The quality of the lighting is much improved, and this is a benefit for both the teachers and the children. We’ve got used to it very quickly! SaveMoneyCutCarbon were very professional throughout the process, from survey and funding to installation and checks. Their sales manager, Simon, was very approachable and helped greatly as this is not my area of expertise. Also, the survey proposal was clear and more realistic than other companies. The savings on our lighting costs will be directed to educational activities, and it’s also wonderful to help protect the planet by reducing our carbon emissions.”

Fiona Prest, Headteacher, Embsay C of E VC School

“Our strong reputation and excellent track record in delivering big energy savings to schools as well as access to funding was a key factor in working with Embsay. We are very pleased to have achieved substantial reductions in both lighting bills and carbon footprint at the school, with both continuing year-on-year.”

Simon Blaaser, regional sales manager, SaveMoneyCutCarbon


  • Energy savings p.a. – £1,635.12
  • Carbon emissions reduction – 65%
  • ROI – £12,680.49 – 8.18 years
  • Other savings – 16351.248 KW/h saved annually

Annual Savings

  • 1,635.12

    £ saved

  • 16351.248


  • 8.18

    months payback

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