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Lighting illuminates fast-track energy efficiency

10 September 2009

Industry poll reveals energy efficient projects deliver short-term savings. Energy efficiency adoption within UK businesses is being driven by cost saving and carbon footprint reduction objectives and not compliance, an industry survey by RS Components, Europe's leading distributor of electronic, electrical and industrial components, has revealed.

The July 2009 study questioned Facilities and Maintenance Engineers within 108 UK businesses that are actively implementing energy efficient solutions, to understand the motivations behind energy efficiency adoption, where savings are already being made and expectations regarding timescale for achieving reductions in energy consumption.


58% of facilities and maintenance engineers stated reducing energy cost was their primary reason for implementing energy efficient solutions, with 29% aiming to reduce carbon footprint as a result. Just 13% of respondents were prompted to become more energy efficient by regulatory compliance.


Return on investment in energy efficient products and services was high on the agenda behind cost saving, with 38% of those surveyed expected to see complete return on their investment within just three months and a further 33% within 12 months. All respondents to the RS Components study are already implementing energy efficient solutions within their sites, and these findings suggest these businesses are experiencing fast and significant reductions in energy consumption as a result.


The study also explored which areas within facilities and maintenance are already realising energy efficiency improvements. 58% of businesses focus on lighting, 33% on heating, cooling and ventilation with 8% engaging with general maintenance and upgrades.


Neil Harrison, Market Development Manager at RS Components said, “We commissioned this study to understand more about the drivers for and experiences within companies implementing an energy efficiency strategy; the findings are very encouraging and clearly demonstrate near-term return on investment and efficiency improvements can be achieved to satisfy the overwhelming desire of businesses to reduce costs in energy consumption and lower carbon footprint.


Harrison continues, “In combination, the study’s findings suggest that implementing energy efficient lighting solutions delivers significant cost savings through energy reduction, improves carbon footprint and is able to return the business’s investment largely within 12 months, and in many cases within a 3-month timeframe. Hopefully this industry evidence will help energy managers to secure the budget they need to deliver a positive impact on the business.”


In its own business, RS Components has replaced 1,382 light bulbs at its Corby headquarters with energy efficient lamps. Over three years, this has resulted in a saving of 345.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions from lighting alone.* Based on the CRC (Carbon Reduction Commitment) fee of £12 per tonne of CO2, RS has reduced the amount it will need to spend on allowances by £4,146 for lighting alone.


* Calculation based on the replacement of halogen lights with Megaman CFL GU 10 energy efficient lamps. Lifetime emissions from an energy efficient lamp equate to 70 kilograms of CO2. Lifetime emissions of a halogen lamp equate to 320 kilograms of CO2.

 Source information and survey data:

 108 facilities managers / professionals within energy management and with responsibility for buildings energy efficiency.

  • Respondents within UK business
  • Survey data collected using an online ‘Energy efficiency questionnaire’ during July and August 2009


Question 1: When do you expect to see return on investment for energy efficient products and solutions you are implementing?

In 3 months


In 6 months


In 12 months


In 2 years





Question 2: Why are you energy efficient solutions?

Reduce energy costs


Regulatory compliance


Reduce carbon footprint



Question 3: Which area of energy efficiency are you focusing on?



Heating, cooling & insulation




Manufacturing / production


Transport / logistics







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