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Bottling company upgrades lighting and saves £16k annually

Scottish bottling company Houston Bottling & Co-pack used the SME Loan from the Scottish Government to upgrade the lighting in its warehouses to high efficiency LEDs - cutting more than £16,000 a year from its energy bill.

Our advisors provided free technical support and guidance throughout the project planning and implementation stages; including testing and measuring warehouse lighting options.

Houston Bottling & Co-pack, established in 1988, is an independent company which provides bottling and co-packing services to the Scotch whisky industry. From its bonded warehouses in Renfrew and Dumbarton, approximately one million cases of whisky are packed and exported worldwide each year. Customers include; William Grant & Sons Ltd, MacDuff International, Chivas Bros, Tomatin Distillers and a wide range of craft distillers.

The company previously used a mixture of high energy halogen and halide lamps to provide lighting for its warehouses. These lamps were electrically inefficient, had a poor lighting level and frequently wore out. This required warehouse staff to rig up a hoist and move stock to replace the bulbs, increasing downtime and reducing productivity. The company identified that upgrading to LEDs would significantly reduce energy costs, with a short payback period on investment. LEDs have a number of advantages over incandescent light sources including lower energy consumption, longer lifetime, smaller size and greater robustness.

Our specialist advisors supported Houston Bottling & Co-pack to implement this money saving project by providing access to the Scottish Government’s SME Loan Scheme, which offers businesses unsecured interest free loans from £1,000 up to £100,000 to make efficiency savings on energy, waste and water equipment. Our advisors also provided free technical support and guidance throughout the project planning and implementation stages. This included testing and measuring lighting options within the warehouse to make sure that the lights being trialled would be bright enough.

Satisfied with the results of the project, Houston Bottling & Co-pack worked with us again to implement energy efficiency lighting solutions in their Dumbarton site.    

"The service supported us at every step of the way in upgrading our lighting system, from planning and funding the project through to installation. With this help, a relatively small change to our building is translating to a big saving in our energy usage." Duncan Elder, Houston Bottling & Co-pack.

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To find out more about funding support such as the SME Loan, and how we can save your business money, speak to our expert advisors today on 0808 808 2268 or email us.

If you’d like to read about how other organisations have upgraded their lighting to reduce energy costs, you can visit the Green Network for Businesses.

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Our free service for Scottish businesses is funded by the Scottish Government and by the European Regional Development Fund through the £73 million Resource Efficiency Circular Economy Accelerator Programme. The support provided to this organisation was delivered by Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficient Scotland programme, which has been relaunched as Zero Waste Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Business Support Service as of 1 April 2020.


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