Energy bills slashed by 80 per cent in student accommodation building
Modern, energy efficient LED lighting installed in student accommodation nestling between the University of Lincoln’s campus buildings is delivering whopping electricity savings of 80 per cent, dramatically slashing utility costs and carbon emissions.
‘Pavilion House’ comprises ten student accommodation blocks, owned by student accommodation company Vero Group and open to people studying at any educational institution in and around Lincoln, including the university,
Previously the lobbies, corridors, communal kitchens and stairwells in all ten blocks were fitted with fluorescent lighting systems. These were inefficient, burning through 871,258 kilowatts of electricity each year to the tune of £68,832, plus maintenance costs (e.g. labour and components such as replacement bulbs).
Pavilion House could make big savings by upgrading lighting in all ten student accommodation blocks to modern, energy efficient LED.
New LED system achieves huge savings
Following a consultation and successful test Lighting Electricians Limited, a company with over 20 years of experience, was contracted to replace Pavilion House’s fluorescent lighting predominantly with LED. Lighting Electricians visited the site, removed 2,324 fluorescent lamps and installed:
- 591 LED 15w down lights in the lobby and corridor ceilings
- 776 LED 12w bulk head lamps in the lobby and corridor walls
- 142 LED 12w bulk head lamps in the stairwell walls
- 397 LED motion activated lamps in the lobbies and corridors
- 418 new fluorescent 49w lights in the communal kitchens
In total the new lighting runs on just 176,718 kilowatts of electricity per year and costs £13,956 to run annually, slashing energy consumed by a massive 80 per cent and utility bills by £54,876 each year.
The purchase cost of Pavilion House’s new lighting system was £124,470, which means it will pay for itself in just over two years through these savings.
Pavilion House’s LED system is extremely robust and durable with a longer lifespan than the previous fluorescent lighting, making it practically maintenance free. This will amplify the energy savings made.
“We are delighted with our new LED lighting system,” says Pavilion and Hayes Wharf House Operations Manager Judith Wood. “LED lighting is now a standard fitting on refurbishment projects due to potential savings as well as efficiency matters. Replacement costs and labour costs are a directly noticeable saving and the light quality is a vast improvement on older technology.
“Lighting Electricians was chosen after a tender process, as well as on recommendation. The experience of the project was that they were efficient, flexible and extremely communicative which made the whole experience much smoother.”