Northants Police

Northants Police save £18,500 a year with LED lighting and water efficiency solutions

Quality products & reduced utility bills means rapid ROI in under four years

The Client

Northamptonshire Police is a forward-looking organisation that is keen to reduce its carbon footprint and energy and water costs.

The force provides services to 16 towns across an area of 914 square miles with a staff of over 2,700 in multiple stations, offices and centres.

Northants Police sought the expert advice of SaveMoneyCutCarbon through its water utilities supplier Anglian Water Business (AWB).

The Brief

It wanted to identify the best and quickest ways of reducing energy and water costs across the force while also shrinking the carbon footprint. SaveMoneyCutCarbon is the strategic energy and water efficiency partner with AWB.

The force needed detailed surveys and installation plans for the replacement of aged and inefficient lighting as well as old water fittings like taps and shower heads that did not meet recommended WRAS flow rates.

Payback in

3.85 years

with LED lighting & water savings

The Solution

The initial efficiency project was focused on upgrading the existing lights and water services in five police sites.

SaveMoneyCutCarbon’s Consultative Sales team deployed its experienced efficiency surveyors to complete a full review of all the sites with detailed reports on costs, savings and schedules delivered to the police facilities team.

The full-service solution included product specification and supply, project management, installation and commissioning as well as safe removal of waste for WEEE Recycling.

Both survey and installation teams are fully DBS checked to meet police requirements.

The installation team worked closely with Northants Police to ensure minimum disruption to working environments while retrofitting more than 800 LED lights, that offer reductions in electricity consumption of up to 80% compared to traditional lighting with lower maintenance costs and a long working life of up to 50,000 hours.

All the sites were office environments and this meant replacing common office light types such as 600 x 600 recessed modular fittings, fluorescent T8 and T5 tubes, 2D bulkheads, 2D square / circular recessed downlights and Son floodlights.

Osram LED panels were the preferred choice for the 600 x 600 recessed modular fittings while the team swapped out the old and poorly-performing fluorescent tubes with Philips and Luceco LED equivalents.

Luceco and Red Arrow were used for bulkheads, wall packs and floods.

Water savings of

£4,500 a year

with eco showers & eco taps

For the water saving element of the Northants Police project, the team identified sinks and showers that were using high levels of water.

These issues were addressed by installing highly efficient products such as Hansgrohe taps and shower heads that ensure big savings with reduced water usage of more than 60% compared to standard fittings.

The team also fitted inline restrictors and aerators to some installed taps to further reduce water consumption.


Given the 24/7 environment, accessibility was challenging as the team had to work in offices while minimising disruption to staff and operations. This required clever scheduling of tasks and the much-appreciated support of the staff.


  • LED lighting saves £14,000 a year
  • Water savings of £4,500 a year
  • Payback in 3.85 years.

“Efficient operations are even more important than ever as we work with tight budgets and it was crucial that any energy and water saving project was handled professionally by trusted specialists to achieve our goals of greatly reduced utility costs and lower carbon emissions.

"The SaveMoneyCutCarbon team exceeded expectations and successfully completed the work expertly and with minimum disruption.”

David McInally, Facilities Manager Northants Police

“This is the first project that SaveMoneyCutCarbon has delivered for a police force and we are delighted that the client praised the professionalism of our team in the field and their positive work ethic.

“The client has seen a substantial reduction in the consumption of water and electricity and will benefit from the reduced maintenance costs that come with using high quality, market leading brands.

“I was very proud of how hard and professionally the team worked to ensure the project was delivered across the five sites to a high standard and on schedule.”

Mark Thompson, SaveMoneyCutCarbon Project Manager

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