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The Priory Federation of Academies Trust has just undergone an energy-saving project that is now set to save it nearly £100,000 a year in electric running costs.

The project was supported with grant funding from North East Lincolnshire Council’s Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire programme, to help the Lincoln-based Trust reduce its energy bills and carbon emissions.

The Trust has upgraded over 7,000 lights to new energy-efficient LED lighting across four of its sites: The Priory Academy LSST, The Priory Lincoln Academy, Heighington Millfield Primary Academy and The Priory Ruskin Academy.

This small change to all its buildings on these four sites will not only help it to save a substantial amount of money, but will benefit the environment too, through reducing carbon emissions by up to 340 tonnes a year. 

The LED lights are expected to have a lifespan of at least 10 years, which means the academies could save up to an amazing £1m on their running costs over that time!

Making the change to LED lights can save up to 40% of the energy needed to light up a room. This can make a huge difference to large buildings that are used day in and day out.

The Trust has also made use of light sensors to make sure that energy is not wasted in areas where it isn’t needed. It has also thought carefully about its computer rooms, making sure to fit special LEDs that don’t cause screen glare. Plus, the swimming pool area has been fitted with lamps which can cope with the high humidity.  

Howard Gee, Chair of Trustees at The Priory, said:

“The support provided by SMART Energy Greater Lincolnshire has helped the Trust to focus on significant energy saving measures, starting with these four academies and leading to all of our other sites. This will help us to make big savings in our running costs and also, just as importantly, brings a significant reduction in our carbon dioxide equivalent production. It has provided a strong focus for the Trust going forward.”

Early indications from figures across the sites are already showing a 35% drop in energy consumption, even though the academies have not been running at full capacity at this time. Therefore, a further increase in savings by the end of the year is expected. 

The Priory Federation of Academies Trust is one of the many public buildings in the Greater Lincolnshire area benefiting from the Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire programme. Why not check out our other case studies to see what other buildings we have worked on.

Old lighting in sports hall.

Old lighting in sports hall.

New LED lighting

New LED lighting

New LED lighting in the gym.

New LED lighting in the gym.

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Cost saving per year

Estimated £100,000

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Carbon saving per year

Estimated 340 tonnes

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Cost of project

£415,817