Green energy centrefranchisee, The Builders Supply Company carried out a Commercial Energy Assessment at their Kendal branch to identify where energy, carbon and financial savings could be made.
The Assessment came up with four areas where savings could be made – Heating, Draught Proofing, Insulation and Lighting – and the company has now installed a Trianco GreenFlame 85Kw Biomass pellet boiler.
Jamie Kilduff, renewables manager said: “We have been very active in developing the green energy centre brand and our renewable product offering, so our Kendal branch was an ideal opportunity to give our customers a very practical demonstration of what could be achieved.
“One benefit so far has been the response from our customers, even during the installation we gained enquiries for both commercial and domestic systems, and now installers can send their clients in to see a working pellet system”.
The company estimates that changing from an old inefficient oil warm air blower to fan convectors in the self selection area and an oil system boiler for the bathroom showroom radiators will help it to save approximately one-third on oil fuel costs. At the same time, it changed the electric heaters in the administration offices to radiators; all three circuits are now linked to the new Biomass boiler which distributes the heat through a 3000 litre buffer vessel.
“We also installed Thermal De-stratification fans to re-circulate and blow the heat back from the high roof space down to the floor area. The showroom suspended ceiling was identified as un-insulated and where heat could escape into the cold void above. This had very little strength in the load it could take, so instead of using traditional insulation we found lightweight insulation bags specifically designed for this type of ceiling.
“The lighting in the self selection area and the warehouse was replaced with twin 80w T5 adaptors and reflectors, these have movement sensors and automatically dim when there is enough natural light.”