Eastbourne District Enterprise Agency Ltd (EDEAL)
POLEGATE, EAST SUSSEX
The EDEAL Business Centre is a business incubation centre in Polegate. EDEAL approached the LoCASE programme with the dual aim of reducing their energy bills and starting on the path to becoming a low-carbon business, as the current heating and lighting systems in their premises were old and inefficient.
Our energy audit identified a range of measures to help reduce both business costs and environmental impact. Recommendations included upgrading lighting to LED alternatives, insulating the roof, and replacing direct electric heating with high-efficiency storage heaters.
Following the audit, EDEAL successfully applied for a LoCASE grant with Carbon Smart’s support and have installed new LED lighting throughout, and programmable storage heaters to deliver low-cost heat when it is needed. LoCASE funding was able to provide 40% of the total project cost of £11,400. The works were carried out by a local electrical contractor, CDS electrical (pictured), in a timely and professional manner.
The installations have resulted in annual business savings of £1,500 and 5 tonnes of carbon and have a payback time of just 11 years, after which point the business will reap even greater financial benefits. The receipt of LoCASE funding has allowed EDEAL to create a more comfortable and productive workspace for staff and demonstrated their business appetite to become a sustainability leader in Eastbourne.
“The funding and assistance received from LoCASE meant that we could go ahead with our application for lighting & heading upgrades. I’m pleased to announce that our company has become more energy efficient since, which will provide healthy savings in the future, on top of upholding our ethos of being an environmentally conscious company. I would recommend the LoCASE programme to any companies in the South East who are looking to become more energy efficient.”
Luke Johnson, Town Centre Supervisor