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“Thank you very much for your support throughout this project, the lighting has made a great difference and we will also be saving money  on our bills, so its win, win!”
Linda Baker, Westways Vending, Hailsham

Sustainability Makeover

After attending a UTILISE Workshop, Ahead to Toe Hair and Beauty Salon in Littlehampton has reduced both its electricity and gas use by 20%, helping them win the local business association Green Business of the Year Award.

Owner Celia Thomson started with quick win efficiency measures which will pay back their capital cost in less than three years. She updated the salon’s lighting by replacing incandescent lamps and halogen spotlights with compact fluorescents and LEDs and T12 fluorescent tubes with T5 tubes. Celia was especially pleased with the light quality of the LEDs and that they do not produce the amount of heat that the halogen spotlights emitted. Coupled with encouraging staff members to switch off appliances after use, Ahead to Toe have reduced their electricity consumption by 20%. By researching and comparing tariffs, Celia was also able to reduce the cost of their electricity supply. This was despite switching to a ‘green’ tariff (which reduced the salon’s CO2 emissions by 1.6 tonnes). New tariff and efficiency measures combined, Ahead to Toe are enjoying annual savings of £160 off their electricity bills.

Celia then turned her attention to the salon’s gas use for heating and hot water. She fitted draft proofing round windows and doors and insulated the loft. Together with better control of their boiler and heating system, these measures reduced Ahead to Toe’s gas consumption by 4,000 kWh per year, saving £120 and 0.8 tonnes CO2 emissions.

Celia and her team have also created a prize winning roof-top garden cum waiting room. They reuse wastewater from the salon to water the plants and cut hair to deter slugs and snails! Other waste streams are also separated for recycling, leaving Ahead to Toe sending just one bag to general waste each fortnight.

For more information about the UTILISE course contact the Sustainable Business Partnership. Other free services for South East based small and medium sized businesses include environmental and renewable energy site audits.

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