Shopping centre bags serious energy savings

A shopping centre in Northern Ireland has cut its electricity bill by a third after installing energy efficient lighting upgrades. The Kennedy Centre in Belfast had its 26-year old system […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

A shopping centre in Northern Ireland has cut its electricity bill by a third after installing energy efficient lighting upgrades.

The Kennedy Centre in Belfast had its 26-year old system upgraded – it says the work has resulted in significant savings both in terms of energy consumption and cost, with the payback period estimated to take just over 18 months.

In total, more than 360,000 kilowatt hours of electricity were saved.

Since it first opened in 1991, the centre has used old and inefficient lighting in its foyers, basement car park and toilets.

Following a successful trial run, all of these areas had new LED lighting installed.

The work was carried out under a scheme that provides grant funding to companies for energy efficiency projects.

Centre Manager John Jones said: “The old lighting systems meant that some areas were poorly lit, it was difficult to regularly replace the bulbs and 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.”

The UK’s leading property owners have seen £16 million in energy savings since 2011 as a result of making their buildings greener.