Energy Saving for Businesses in 2024

With inflation and energy costs still at an all-time high, the war continuing to rage in Ukraine, and the unrest in the Middle East causing the disruption to the Suez Canal, prices are not going to be falling anytime soon.

Ahead of the Autumn Statement, the Government has also announced that the National Minimum Wage will increase from 1 April 2024, and will rise by 9.8% from £10.42 to £11.44, an increase of £1.02.

There is also the drive to become more environmentally aware, reduce waste and carbon and become greener.

Collectively, this will have a major effect on day-to-day operations, by increasing pressure on businesses and putting a squeeze on profits. What other ways are there to reduce costs and still achieve the strive to be carbon neutral by 2030.

New Energy ratings for light bulbs

To help consumers cut their energy bills and carbon footprint, a brand-new version of the widely recognised EU energy label for light bulbs and other lighting products will be applicable in all shops and online retail outlets from Wednesday, 1 September 2021. The move follows the considerable improvement in energy efficiency in this sector in recent years, which has meant that more and more “light sources” (such as light bulbs and LED modules) have achieved label ratings of A+ or A++ according to the current scale. The most important change is the return to a simpler A-G scale.

EU Energy Commissoner Kadri Simson said: “Our lamps and other lighting products have become so much more efficient in the recent years that more than half of LEDs are now in the A++ class. Updating the labels will make it easier for consumers to see what are the ‘best in class’ products, which in turn will help them to save energy and money on their bills. Using more energy efficient lighting will continue to reduce the EU greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to becoming climate-neutral by 2050.”

A Guiding Light after the Banning of Old Fluorescent Tubes

In September 2023, the UK Government brought in legislation, known as the RoHS Directive, which banned the use of old fluorescent T5 and T8 high energy light fittings as they contain mercury and use high amounts of energy.

These fluorescent tubes are usually found in schools, offices, older warehouses, and hospital operating theatres.

What is the RoHS Directive?

From September 2023, all electrical and electronic equipment in the UK must comply with the revised Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive. The revised RoHS Directive in the UK reflects a commitment to responsible manufacturing and disposal practices for electrical and electronic equipment, particularly addressing the hazards associated with lamps containing mercury.

How do I dispose of the old fluorescent tubes?

Businesses can dispose of the fluorescent tubes as hazardous waste or recycle them under the WEEE regulations.

What can businesses use instead?

Switching to LED lighting offers significant long-term benefits, including enhanced energy efficiency, reduced carbon footprint, and a longer lifespan.  In addition, the absence of mercury in LED lamps makes them environmentally friendly and safe for recycling.

LED lights offer various colour temperatures and have a longer lifespan. The long-term benefits are multi-dimensional.

In real terms, LED lighting will save up to 71% on your energy bill, help reduce your carbon footprint, and create a better environment to work in.

Most LED lights have a manufactures warranty of 5 years and a working life of 50,000 hours. This, combined with a reduction in long-term maintenance costs and a full back up service, makes LEDs the obvious choice.

LED-UK can help design, supply, and install a bespoke LED Lighting System tailored specifically to the needs of your business.

So, if your business hasn’t yet made the switch to LED lighting, now is the time to do so.

Please contact Stephen Marshall, Director of LED-UK at enquiries@led-uk.co.uk for a free survey and energy savings report – no commitment required.