The OxFutures partnership project is offering free energy audits to SMEs in Oxfordshire to identify energy saving opportunities.
As a partner in the OxFutures project, Oxford Brookes is carrying out the energy audits. The audit will suggest a range of practical actions that will reduce energy, carbon, and cut costs for your organisation. Many are at ‘no’ or low cost and are easy to implement.
The recommendations will be presented with estimated installation costs, financial savings and pay-back-periods, so businesses can prioritise which measures to implement first.
The project is also offering grants through lead partner, the Low Carbon Hub. The funding will cover 25% of the costs of installing recommended measures such as efficient boilers and heaters, LED lighting, powering down appliances and insulation. A lot of these actions can have an immediate impact on the energy spend of a business or organisation.
Didcot-based Thames Cryogenics approached the programme for a free energy audit.
The company learnt that by upgrading their lighting systems from fluorescent tubes to LEDs they could reduce their energy bills by over £4,000 a year and cut their carbon emissions by 15 tonnes a year. Other recommendations they received included replacing fan convector heaters.
Thames Cryogenics approached OxFutures GreenFund with an application to fund new lighting and replace inefficient electric heaters with panel heaters. The company received a total grant of £3,611.
Pietersen Fine Furniture Ltd
Thame-based Pietersen Fine Furniture Ltd specialises in the manufacture and installation of bespoke furniture and fitted interiors. The team work predominantly in wood, glass, metals and fabric, to enhance the visual appeal of an item or project.
Following on from their free energy audit, the business was recommended to purchase a bio-mass boiler and secondary glazing. After applying for a grant, Pietersen Fine Furniture Ltd were allocated £2,282.
Higgs & Co (Printers) Limited
Established in 1877, Henley-on-Thames based Higgs & Co (Printers) Limited has been the leading publishing and printing company in the town for over 100 years.
Their free energy audit resulted in the installation of LED lighting and insulation throughout the building. The company were awarded a grant of £2783 which has helped to fund the ongoing project.