LED lighting upgrade saves school £4,000 a year, with no upfront cost


Schools can free up cash to spend on essential learning tools by cutting energy usage, but funding such initiatives remains a mystery to many educators… until now.

Salix Finance is an independent, publicly funded company that offers 100% interest free capital loans to the public sector to reduce their energy costs by enabling the installation of modern, energy efficient technologies and replacing dated, inefficient technologies.

On a mission to cut costs

Glenmead Primary is a well-respected school in Great Barr, Birmingham that caters for around 400 pupils aged 4-11.

The larger than average school wanted to find ways to reduce operating costs in the most effective way, while also being constrained by a tight budget.

It was aware of the availability of Salix interest-free funding and chose to investigate the potential for cost-reducing LED lighting that did not require big capital investment. The school called for three tenders and awarded the contract to SaveMoneyCutCarbon.

The lighting project would improve the quality of light throughout the school, which was old and had deteriorated.

Learner friendly environment

It’s well understood that perception influences attitude and in the classroom that means a need to focus on lighting to ensure the most learner-friendly environment.

By creating the ideal lighting conditions in the classroom, both pupils and teachers benefit in many ways – and the learning experience is more positive and productive.

SaveMoneyCutCarbon helped the school to complete the complex Salix Finance funding application, which secured an interest-free loan to cover project costs, with repayments covered by savings on energy bills.

The project

The installation team worked with the school to ensure minimum disruption to teaching activities, replacing 465 lights and fittings with quality LED equivalents from Thorn, Verbatim, Fitzgerald and BG Luceco, including panels, linear battens, lamps, tubes and bulkheads.

As part of the extensive work, the team fitted 32 special LED panels with low glare rating (less than 19). The Thorn Anna panels ensure that glare is minimised in sensitive areas of the school.

LED is the light source of choice for energy-conscious buyers as it provides the best energy efficiency compared with fluorescent and the now banned halogen models. It is also very reliable with excellent quality, lasting for between 40,000 to 50,000 hours of continuous usage, helping to cut maintenance costs.

Every light is fully supported with a no-quibble, five-year manufacturers’ warranty. The retrofit removed fluorescent tubes that generally only last 5,000 hours with the light quality degrading badly well before final failure.

Massive savings

The school’s lighting costs have fallen 69.8% saving them £4,169 a year. Their carbon footprint has decreased by over two-thirds and maintenance costs significantly reduced.

Lisa Foxhall, the school’s business manager said: “The school lighting was very old, producing a poor output of light while at the same time becoming more expensive to run.  Tubes for these lights are now limited in supply and therefore sold at a premium price.

With the continued increase in costs and budgets shrinking funding an upgrade of the lighting was not possible.  However, with the knowledge and experience of SaveMoneyCutCarbon the school has been able to secure a Salix loan to fund this project, with the forecast savings in energy funding the re-payment of the loan.  The installation team were very professional and efficient.”

Interest free loans for the public sector with Salix Finance

SaveMoneyCutCarbon specialises in assisting public sector organisations to receive 100% interest-free loans from Salix Finance for energy efficiency projects.

Utilising the interest free loan from Salix to finance your energy efficiency project provides you with the capital and no further strain on cash reserves.

Contact SaveMoneyCutCarbon today to see how your school can drastically reduce its energy costs whilst providing a better learning environment for students.