By Gem Childe on 31st Aug 2017
A Belfast shopping centre has cut its electricity costs by a third after upgrading its lighting system to use energy-efficient LEDs.
The Kennedy Centre, which opened in the west of the city 26 years ago, had been using old and inefficient lighting in its foyers, basement car park and toilets.
The energy provider Energia first worked with the centre’s management team on upgrading some of the old lighting to new LEDs. When this proved a success a full upgrade took place, saving more than 362,117 kilowatt hours of electricity.
The subsequent drop in energy bills will enable the centre to recoup the costs of the upgrade in little over 18 months.
The work was carried out under Energia’s Cash for Kilowatts scheme which provides grants to companies for energy efficiency projects based on the amount of energy they save. Grants can fund up to 20 per cent of a project's cost and the scheme is open to all businesses, regardless of whether they are customers of Energia.
John Jones, manager of the Kennedy Centre, said: “The old lighting systems meant that some areas were poorly lit and it was difficult to regularly replace the bulbs, lighting was uneven across the centre.
“Not only have we cut our energy costs significantly, the LEDs in the basement car park are a significant improvement – shoppers feel safer returning to their cars. The new lighting in the foyers has also made the centre more vibrant overall.”