Portsmouth primary school saves £5,000 a year with LED lighting
Lower costs and Salix interest-free funding mean lighting upgrade pays for itself
St Paul’s Catholic Primary is a larger-than-average-sized school in Portsmouth with 385 pupils and a community nursery, maintained by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth.
SaveMoneyCutCarbon is working with Portsmouth Diocese to improve energy efficiency in many of its network of schools.
An initial survey by SaveMoneyCutCarbon identified valuable annual savings that the school would make through a full LED lighting retrofit.
St Paul’s required an overall improvement in light quality while cutting costs to reduce pressure on school budgets.
The school also wanted to take full advantage of SaveMoneyCutCarbon’s expertise in applying for interest-free funding opportunities provided by Salix Finance, to ensure the project would be self-financing through savings on electricity costs.
The experienced SaveMoneyCutCarbon Field Service team managed the lighting project from survey to specification, installation, testing and monitoring.
The team installed 425 LED panels, tubes, 2D light and floodlights during out-of-school hours to ensure no disruption to teachers or pupils.
As part of the end-to-end service, SaveMoneyCutCarbon also completed the Salix Finance funding application on behalf of the school. This ensured that an interest-free loan would cover project costs, with repayments covered by energy savings.
- Over £5,000 per year saving on energy bills
- ROI – 7.78 years
- Annual CO2 reduction – 63%
“The team were very engaging with my Site Manager and the relationship between him and the Project Manager proved to be first rate and the work was carried out without incident and within the agreed timescales.
“SaveMoneyCutCarbon proved very effective leading their team in order to get the work done, and within the constraints set by us and by the company’s management team.
“Having work done in a busy school during term time is always daunting, however, I have had no negative reports regarding the work being done, and the team cleaned up after themselves satisfactorily in order to allow the school to function normally.
“The school environment is a much brighter place to be, both in terms of the workmanship and the lighting.”
Alex Speight, St Paul’s Facilities Manager
“It was a pleasure working with Alex and his colleagues and we were keen to ensure that our installation did not impact on the school while being completed as quickly as possible.
“We took time to schedule the daily work for times when the school was not occupied and focused on completing all segments of the project on schedule.”
Chris Cliffe, SaveMoneyCutCarbon project lead