"The overall tone of the lighting itself will also be of a far better quality and create a better atmosphere for users”
The Trinity Arts Centre will soon be receiving brand new LED lights and revising their existing, outdated house bulbs. This was made possible with support from the University of the West of England’s (UWE) paid internship scheme, which placed two project interns at the centre and who then undertook the seizable challenge of conducting a full green audit of the building.
It has been estimated that replacing all the house lighting with LEDs will reduce Trinity’s annual energy costs by just under £3,000 per year. This is a significant saving and helps the centre to continue to provide free and subsidised hall use to community groups. In addition, carbon output is estimated to reduce by over nine tonnes per year (about 24% of Trinity’s yearly carbon output overall) and take around two years to see a return on the investment.
After the interns took a look at the short and long-term changes that could be implemented to improve its energy efficiency, seven points of improvement were highlighted. A particular point of concern were the aging lights which would be left on all day and as a result did not meet the required efficiency standards were.
With the support from the Bristol Green Community Buildings Fund (now closed), who helped to cover the costs under their LED lighting scheme, brand new fixtures have been installed in the entire building and signify the first step Trinity are taking in modernising their facilities.
"The lighting fixtures and fittings are much more modern than our existing lighting, some of which is about 20 years old. The overall tone of the lighting itself will also be of a far better quality and create a better atmosphere for users”
Whilst energy efficiency schemes are financially beneficial in the long-term, there is often an upfront outlay that is difficult for community groups with limited resources to afford. The grant helped to provide an element of match funding to enable the project to go ahead, and the difference will be covered as a result of energy savings made in the first year of the project.