Let’s talk about Salix funding. Right now, teachers and educational authorities up and down the country are focused on making their school buildings as COVID-19 safe as possible.
But while your school is closed over the summer, and you’re working hard at your essential COVID-19 prep, it’s also the perfect time to change your inefficient outdated lighting to cleaner, greener, money-saving LED.
If that sounds too expensive to consider, it really isn’t.
Thanks to the Salix Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme (SEELS) funded by the Department of Education, you can make the transition to energy efficient and environmentally conscious LED without breaking the bank.
The benefits of LED in schools
When a school upgrades to LED, the improvements are immediate. Whereas other lighting options can create glare or flickering, leading to headaches, eyestrain, and negative behaviour, LED lighting is consistent, high quality, and doesn’t cause visual discomfort. As a result, LED lighting helps students concentrate more effectively. Their information comprehension and memory recall significantly improves. Also, because LED simulates natural daylight and helps adjust the students’ circadian rhythms, pupils can focus for much longer and they’re far more productive.
In terms of energy and monetary savings, LED upgrades use at least 80% less electricity than an equivalent tungsten halogen source (and up to 90% less electricity when combined with intelligent controls) and the savings are instant. Upgrading to a LED light system could save the average large primary school thousands of pounds a year. According to The Carbon Trust, UK schools could reduce energy costs by around £44 million per year and prevent 625,000 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere just by changing to LED.
LED lighting is safer too. LED bulbs are much longer lasting than traditional bulbs (typically 50,000 hours) and they’re far more durable, with no mercury and fewer fragile parts. They also generate very little heat, so they won’t burn staff or children.
But, despite all these positives, the Department of Education recognises that making the change to LED isn’t easy when budgets are stretched. That’s why they’re funding SEELS.
What is the Salix Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme?
SEELS helps ease the cost of installing energy efficient technologies by providing schools with an interest-free loan, which the school repays via the savings they make on their reduced energy usage. It’s an excellent opportunity to upgrade your facilities and create a more welcoming and productive educational environment without incurring a financial burden.
SEELS has a lot of benefits:
- Your school can begin the switch to green energy immediately
- The running cost of energy efficient technologies is much lower
- You can choose from over a hundred different technologies – including LED lighting – to upgrade your learning environment
- Your school or college won’t be required to pay out upfront, so you can manage the transition to LED without financially impacting other areas
- The loan is interest-free, and repayments will be met by the predicted energy savings
- The Secretary of State has approved SEELS for use by all maintained schools and colleges, so you can be confident your establishment will already meet the criteria
- The repayments from all Salix loans are going to be used in public sector projects to benefit people across the country
How Oliver Lamps can help
As lighting specialists with six decades of experience, we’ve helped many schools and colleges make the best lighting choices. Our expert team can advise you on the most appropriate and efficient ways to use your SEELS funding to upgrade to LED lighting. We can guide you on the perfect bulb and Smart lighting products and we can take care of installation too. We can also help you complete your SEELS funding application.
You can apply for the Salix Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme here https://www.salixfinance.co.uk/loans/schools-loans or call our friendly team on 01328 855028 to find out more about how we can help.
After you’ve spent the summer tackling the doom and gloom of COVID-19, SEELS and Oliver Lamps is the perfect way to brighten up your student’s prospects… and save your school a huge amount of money in the process!