Clog and Billycock Inn

Blackburn, Lancashire

Lancashire gastro pub The Clog and Billycock aims to go ‘carbon neutral’ after installing a new eco lighting scheme that has dramatically reduced energy consumption.
The venue in Pleasington, which is part of the Ribble Valley Inns chain owned by Michelin starred chef Nigel Howarth, brought in Lumenata Lighting Design to reduce carbon emissions. Lumenata’s new scheme involved switching halogen bulbs in existing light fittings that were installed as part of a £1.3m refurbishment several years ago for ultra energy efficient LED equivalents that throw out as much light but only use a fraction of the electricity and hardly ever need changing.
The £10,000 project has helped the pub cut its carbon emissions by around a third and reduced monthly electricity bills from £3,000 to £2,000, meaning the pub can now bid for gold – the highest accolade - in the national Green Tourism Business award scheme.
The next step, says assistant general manager Craig Jackson, is to go ‘carbon neutral’ by spending some of the money saved on sapling trees, which could be planted in the grounds of nearby schools All four pubs in the chain are being entered for the Green Tourism Business Scheme award and The Clog and Billycock is confident of achieving the highest accolade – the gold award – because of its eco lighting programme. The switch to LED was made possible by an interest free loan from the Carbon Trust.
The organisation authorises Lumenata to survey business premises to find potential energy savings and makes going ‘green affordable’ by then providing loans that can be repaid with the savings made through lower utility bills. Manager Craig Jackson said: “The wiring for the dimmable LEDs divided the different areas of the bar into sections so that we can use the lighting to create atmosphere and customers have noticed the difference.
“Switching to LED has brought our monthly electricity costs down by a third and even reduced the need for air conditioning because LEDs generate less heat. As an added bonus, it means that instead of applying for the silver Green Tourism award, we can now go for gold.” 
Going green is an easy way for businesses to reduce their overhead costs and do something positive for the environment at the same time. LED is a constantly evolving technology that is being hailed as the lighting of the future because it gives the brightness and sparkle of a halogen bulb while using only a fraction of the energy. It also gives the added benefit of a much longer life, so bulbs don’t need to be replaced as often.


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