The fund is part of the company’s commitment to helping communities better manage their energy consumption and reduce the impact they have on the environment by supporting community energy projects through a grants programme.
The hall’s energy consumption is an ongoing cost not helped by a building that is over 100 years old. The main hall is lit by 6 sets of double fluorescent tubes that are not energy efficient nor cost effective to replace as it requires a scaffold tower to safely reach them safely.
The money will be used to replace the existing tubes some of which are over 10 years old and starting to fail, with modern LED fluorescent tubes. The tubes use around 65% less electricity than standard ones and last around 5 times as long. This means they will last longer meaning less time spent replacing them and use far less electricity as the main hall lights use most of our electrical energy costs.
Overall the change will save the hall £4,000 over the lifetime of the tubes, savings that will be reinvested into the hall’s upkeep.