In just over a year’s time, all commercial properties must achieve an ‘E’ grade or better on their EPC, in order to be sold or let. Here is how LED lighting could help you to meet those new EPC requirements.
For landlords, there will be a short period of time when they will be able to carry on letting out properties that do not meet the requirements. However, lease renewals or signing up tenants may not be able to take place until the minimum ‘E’ grade is reached.
EPCs show how energy efficient a building is
A commercial EPC is designed to show the energy efficiency of a commercial building’s installed heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting systems, as well as the energy efficiency of the fabric of the building.
To achieve an ‘E’ grade or above, a building must attain a certain level of energy efficiency.
LED lighting is a cost-effective solution
LED lighting is a cost-effective way to make your building more energy efficient, here’s how:
- EPC assessors will, amongst other things, check a building’s lighting systems.
- Installing LED lighting can be a cost-effective and non-invasive way to improve a building’s energy efficiency.
- According to The Carbon Trust, a building’s electricity consumption could be reduced by 65 to 85 per cent by replacing halogen lighting with LED units.
- LED lighting installation also means less maintenance costs, with LEDs lasting much longer than other types of lighting.
Various different factors, such as how you use your building, can impact on the amount of time it will take you to ‘pay back’ your LED lighting installation through energy and maintenance savings.
Choosing your LED Lighting Installer
It is worth getting a quote, from a reputable electrical contractor, that is specific to your building and business. Depending on the type of lighting systems you are replacing, you could see ‘pay back’ in as little as 3 years.
It’s also important to consider what type of lighting design would work best for your building, as the same designs do not necessarily work as well in an office, for example, as those used in a factory. A good electrical contractor should be able to advise you on this aspect.
Installing LED lighting systems is a cost-effective and non-invasive way to work towards meeting the new energy efficiency requirements.
Planning ahead and getting quotes for installation before the regulations come into force, means that you can better budget and ensure that you are ready for the changes in the law when they happen.
Tomlinson Longstaff Ltd is an electrical contractor based in Country Durham, north east England. We offer a wide range of electrical services including design, testing, installation and maintenance.