Semplice Energy, a provider of technically advanced energy
saving and renewable energy solutions to reduce electricity
consumption and CO2 emissions, has announced
the results of its installation of a lighting voltage control
system at a McDonald's franchise in Crewe in the UK.
The solution delivered exceptional results - producing a
saving of 20% off the total electricity usage and a significant
reduction in CO2 emissions. The system
is part of the Semplice Energy range of "Intelligent
Voltage Management" products.
The system deployed at McDonald's is ideal for standard magnetic
ballast discharge lighting systems, which are still found
in the majority of retail stores and offices. A microprocessor
in the system detects when new fluorescent lighting circuits
are switched on and provides sufficient voltage for the lights
to "fire up".
The system then runs the lights for a pre-defined time, before
switching into energy saving mode. In this mode, the voltage
supplied to the lights is carefully reduced. The amount of
reduction depends on factors - such as the age of the lighting,
cable run lengths, mains supply voltage level, etc. - and
is determined when the system is commissioned.
Franchise owner, Mike Charles said that he was impressed
with the range of products offered by Semplice Energy and
is running trials in other areas where energy savings can
be made, now that the lighting has been such a success. He
said - "I understood from my Facilities Manager, Simon
Hamlett, that the savings could be determined within minutes
of installation, by taking electrical measurements - but I
really wanted to see the difference in my utility bills and,
therefore, we decided to run the trial for three months. In
August alone, we saved 20% of our total electricity consumption
against the same period last year."
Semplice Energy CEO, Mark Truswell, said - "We are delighted
with these results. They are proof that an organisation can
reduce their environmental impact, whilst enjoying a healthy
The project is being supported by the Carbon Trust, which
is offering an interest-free loan under the Energy- Efficiency
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