Potential Measures

To be eligible for a Green BELLE grant, the project your business carries out must increase the energy efficiency of your premises. More innovative projects and those that lead to larger energy savings are encouraged.

Before applying for a grant, your business will receive a site visit, which will look at which measures might be suitable for you. Some measures that may be eligible for funding are listed below.

Please note that this is not necessarily a full list. We cannot guarantee that all measures will be eligible for all businesses. The measures your business can apply for a grant to fit will depend on your premises and their energy use.

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    Energy Storage

    If you have solar panels, a battery storage system allows you to store any excess energy generated, for example on a very bright day or weekends. This will further cut your energy bills as the amount of electricity you need to buy from the grid is further reduced.
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    Solar

    You could use solar panels to generate electricity for your business, instead of buying electricity from the grid. You’ll also be reducing your carbon emissions, as solar power is renewable, and you can sell back any excess energy to the grid, or store it with battery storage.
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    Loft Insulation

    Lofts and roofs are often easy to insulate, and doing so will reduce heat loss and make it much cheaper to heat your business. Up to a third of the heat you pay for can be lost through your roof, and insulation can reduce your energy bills by up to 20%.
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    Heating Controls

    More advanced heating controls could cut the energy use of your heating by 15-30%. Time controls will prevent you from heating your premises when they are empty, and a compensated circuit would make sure your heating is turned down automatically when it’s not needed.
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    Lighting

    Many businesses still use old T8 or T12 fluorescent tube lights. These could be replaced with energy-efficient LEDs, which would reduce the electricity used by your lighting by up to 66%. Metal-halide and sodium lightbulbs could also be replaced with efficient alternatives.
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    Lighting Controls

    The amount of energy your business uses for lighting could be halved through fitting better controls. Occupancy sensors (also called PIR sensors) can turn lights off when rooms are not in use and daylight dimmers will turn lights down automatically on bright days.
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    Efficient Machinery

    New machinery will often have new motors and more accurate controls which work towards reducing the energy used by the machinery. For example, air compressors can be very expensive to run and an energy efficient compressor with leak detection could significantly reduce your energy use.
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    Boilers

    Heating a business can be expensive, and a gas boiler that’s over 15 years old is likely to be around 65% efficient. Modern A-rated boilers are up to 92% efficient, and could therefore cut your heating costs by up to 27%. Old gas blowers can also often be replaced with more efficient models.
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    Biomass Boilers

    Is your business interested in producing heat in a sustainable way? Biomass boilers use wood pellets or chips as a source of heating, which are sustainably sourced. Dual-fuel boilers may also allow you to use waste wood produced by your business as fuel.
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    Wall Insulation

    Up to 35% of the heat produced by your boiler could be lost through uninsulated solid or cavity walls. Solid walls can be clad either internally or externally, and cavity walls can have insulation blown into them, which will drastically reduce the amount of heat they lose.
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    Heat Pumps

    Heat pumps are able to extract heat from the ground or air, even in colder temperatures. They are often more energy efficient than other heating sources, particularly other electric heaters, as they only require a small amount of electricity to run. They are also useful in properties with no gas connection.
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    Building Management Systems

    A Building Management System (BMS) is a system that can control and monitor the heating, lighting and electrical system. Fitting one could reduce energy use in a business by 15% to 20%, and existing systems can often be upgraded to improve their efficiency.