New lighting at Rugby’s Town Hall set to save £20,000 a year

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Rugby Borough Council will be saving nearly £20,000 a year on energy bills after installing state of the art lighting at the Town Hall.

The borough council contracted Hampshire-based energy management consultancy Ecolight to install a new, energy efficient lighting system earlier this year.

Ecolight carried out a detailed room-by-room survey of the building before designing the new system, which utilises the company’s own Lylux LED lighting technology.

Lylux delivers pure white, near daylight quality light - ideal for staff working on computers.

Ecolight also fitted passive infrared sensors (PIRs) in all stairwells, toilets and corridors so, when empty, the lights dim to 20 per cent.

The low-energy system promises to save the council £18,200 a year on energy bills, and cut the Town Hall’s CO2 emissions by nearly 90 tonnes a year.

It cost £110,000 to install.

Rugby Borough Council hosted a meeting of the West Midlands Energy Managers Network (WMEMN) on Wednesday this week, where the council’s energy officer Angeline Murungu detailed the positive impact of the Ecolight system.

“The savings we have made are substantial and mean we now comply with the Carbon Reduction Commitment scheme,” Mrs Murungu said.

“We were delighted to host the meeting of the WMEMN to share good practice with our colleagues from across the region.”

Cllr Sally Bragg, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for resources and corporate governance, said: “Working with Ecolight has allowed us to build on our commitment to be a ‘green’ council while delivering long-term savings to our energy bills.

“The council continues to explore opportunities to enhance our energy-efficiency and deliver value for money.”

In 2012 Rugby Borough Council contracted Ecolight to install a new lighting system at the town’s John Barford car park. The system has saved the council an estimated 70 per cent a year in energy costs.