Lincs business saves school £28k a year – by changing its lightbulbs

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Books, laptops and staff development are some of the luxuries a high school will be able to invest in after taking steps to become eco-friendlier – saving around £28,000 annually.

Lincolnshire-based renewable energy company Greenio has installed a full LED lighting system at Trinity Catholic School in Nottingham.

The 1,350 LED project will begin to offer savings of more than 150,000kg of carbon dioxide per year – the equivalent of over 200 trees.

Steve Manderson, assistant headteacher at the Trinity Catholic School, said: “As a project it sounded daunting to change 1,350 lights in the school but it was a surprisingly smooth process.

“We’ve already seen the energy bills come down, the lighting has much improved work spaces and we expect to save hours of time changing light bulbs. It’s given the schools a more clean and modern look, with departments already acknowledging a vast improvement in the quality of the light. It’s a win-win situation.”

It is estimated the Trinity Catholic School will save £320,000 over a 15-year period, with some schools having saved up to £180,000 annually.

The installation is cost neutral, with the school paying the difference in savings for the duration of a four-year payback period in order to cover the capital cost of the equipment. A Carbon Trust grant will reclaim £5,000 of the investment back for the school.

Anna Wooster, managing director of Greenio, which is based in Sleaford, said: “Having worked with many schools across the country it was a blessing to work closely with Steve Manderson and his team, who were accommodating, understanding and so driven to turn this school into a sustainable future proofing hub.

“There are no upfront costs for the school and it will always be in a positive position. The school now has more money to spend on learning and providing a better education for pupils. Some schools have bought new equipment such as laptops and books, whereas others have invested in their staff development and even hired extra members of staff.”

Greenio, which was set up in 2013, has been involved in dozens of educational projects. The company is now starting to work with local councils across the UK to reach out to schools and offer them cost-saving heating and electrical solutions.

Anna added: “You’d think having to change thousands of lightbulbs would cause some disruption but no learning is interrupted. Some schools prefer it to take place during the holidays, however we’re happy to work around the school – working late out-of-hours shifts to ensure the smoothest transition.”