For NHS Trusts, changing the lighting systems across their hospitals could create dramatic savings.
Upgrading to LED fittings can reduce energy spending and provide a long-term, future-proofed lighting solution across their estate.
Salix is an independent, publicly funded, not for profit organisation that offers interest free loans to NHS Trusts to enable them to upgrade their old and outdated electrical systems and to install carbon friendly alternatives. Since 2004 Salix has been involved in over 12,000 projects, enabling £1.2billion of savings over the projects’ lifetimes.
One example of this is Kings College Hospital in London, who borrowed £96,327 on a 100% interest free loan to upgrade to an LED lighting system. The annual savings from installing the new system were £20,170, meaning they were able to pay back the loan in less than 5 years without any extra outlay or borrowing. The predicted lifetime savings for the project are over £262,000!
Aside from the obvious financial savings, using a Salix loan to facilitate LED installation enables NHS Trusts to create a brighter and more welcoming environment. LEDs emit a more natural type of light, creating a comfortable environment for patients, staff, and visitors.
Switching to LEDs also supports carbon management plans and can be used as evidence towards ISO14001 certification. This is because LED lighting systems are far more energy efficient and create CO2 savings. In the case of Kings College Hospital, it’s predicted that they will save over 2000 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.
Salix funding is available to all NHS Trusts and public sector organisations and there is no maximum to the size of the loan available. The application process is also relatively simple, requiring completion of a compliance tool and online form, before Salix complete a technical assessment. Once accepted, NHS Trusts are then able to choose the tender/supplier of their choice.
NCS has over 30 years’ experience working on public sector projects. Our highly qualified team complete their installations with minimum disruption and are also able to incorporate other upgrades during the fit out. For example, whilst installing an LED lighting system, we can also futureproof and upgrade your wired network, meaning that two jobs are completed in one fitting. This is great for any public sector body working on a budget.