WHATS BEEN GOING ON SINCE THE GRANT AWARD?
LED (light emitting diodes) lighting is fast becoming the lowest energy option to illuminate anything. The trunk road lights on the west Whitland roundabout are LED, distinguished by the white light rather than the yellow of sodium based lamps. These will be saving about 60% of the energy and still providing the same luminance and years more life compared with the originals..
The Millennium Hall has tried two different types of tube lights in the meeting room. The luminance is almost identical to that from the original fluorescent tubes, but energy use is 23 watt compared with the 58watts of the original—a 50% saving. Their predicted life will be 50,000 hours, and they will most likely still be working when the building falls down in 100 years time! As they do not require any control gear, there is a reduction in fire risk from overheated ballasts. At the moment they are more expensive but costs have dropped by a third over the past eight months and will most likely continue that way
There is scepticism around about how the LED lamp looks and fits in existing fitting, and the intensity and colour of the light emitted by the lamps.
The Plash Inn encouraged by the community energy team has been experimenting with different LED lamps in different areas to keep their electricity costs down. These are in the public areas and on view during opening hours. The most recent Phillips bulbs look exactly the same size and shape as incandescent lamps, so fitted the lamp-holder and shade as before, but are using only 9.5 watts compared with the previous 60 watt ones, and the light appears as good as before. (There are ten of these in the bar area, so that’s a saving of about 6 units a day all told or nearly £5/week or £250 per year or about £125 per year less than the ugly CFC (compact florescent) lamps fitted before.!)
Behind the bar the halogen GU10 lamps rated at 50 watts and getting very hot have been replaced with 5 watt LED equivalents—the light is softer but luminance similar. This particular type of LED lamp is now readily available in DIY stores, so you should seriously think of buying these as replacements. They do cost more but the lamp life is expected to be 30000 hours, against the 1000 hours of the halogen type and you will save considerably on energy costs too.
Your community energy team have some electricity energy monitors available to lend out. These can measure either the live total consumption in your dwelling or energy used on an individual appliance. The team also have an infra red remote temperature and heat emission monitor. This is a hand held “ gun” and will take spot readings on walls, floors roves and pick up heat escaping . (like through my
letter box flap!) If you would like help with any of the above, please contact our village Energy Buddies:
Chris Heron firstname.lastname@example.org or Dave King email@example.com
They will be pleased to help
A grant award of £1277 has been made available by the Carmarthenshire Enegry Trust to progress the finding from the survey already carried out.
It is intended to obtain a fe energy monitors, install some alternative LED based lighting to demonstrate how and what it looks like and peforms and the associated energy savings, and invest in ways to dry clothes when the weather is not favourable..
This is ongoing, with completion of this stage by March 2013.
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