In 2011 the management of the company decided to do their little bit for the environment. As a company committed to environmentally friendly manufacturing, using less energy and lowering our consumption of resources will always be an important focus of what we do as a company committed to environmentally friendly manufacturing. So we started to look at our ‘carbon footprint’. It became apparent that the biggest footprint of all was our factory. A beautiful old former Victorian dye works in the centre of Oxton Conservation Village.
An action plan was formulated our initial EPC survey was G!!!. So in late 2011 we put our plan into action. We installed a complete new set of double glazed, sound proofed, windows in our factory. Our standard lighting was retrofitted with low energy consumption LED lighting and staff where made aware of the classic phrase ‘Please turn off the lights’.
What immediately became apparent were the savings we started to see in our utility bills and how much warmer and less drafty the whole building became. Next on the list were Solar panels on our rather large roof, Solar panels are a great way to use sustainable, natural resources to create energy. Surveys indicated that we could facilitate a 10kw array, we did not hesitate in making the decision to install the system and we had it fitted in the summer of 2013.
We immediately benefited from a massive saving in our electricity bill as we consumed our own electricity rather than that of the grids.
At this point our EPC rating had dramatically improved to a ‘C’ no mean feat for such a large old building.