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Wolseley UK and Cloudfm light the way for energy savings


Cloudfm’s innovative and market-leading approach in reducing waste and energy usage has resulted in significant cost savings for Wolseley UK while decreasing its environmental impact to deliver a sustainable yet fit for purpose solution.


Wolseley UK, the UK’s largest plumbing, heating and cooling trade specialist merchant, made energy savings of over £90k thanks to lighting renovations in its national distribution centre.

The savings came from an overhaul of Wolseley UK’s lighting infrastructure inside and outside its main Leamington Spa-based warehouse and surrounding offices. Supported by Cloudfm, the quality and quantity of lighting displayed was assessed to look for alternatives in order to reduce energy usage and minimise the amount of maintenance needed.

The main focus of the initiative Cloudfm introduced was to change all the lights from typical T5 fluorescent tubes to intelligent digital LED luminaires.

In total, the team, lead by Director of Technical Consultancy Derrick Hidden, removed 2692 fittings and installed just 616 new LED lights into the warehouse.

This initial development was expected to produce a return of £8,000 in energy savings per month. While this was a positive start, Cloudfm investigated further and introduced a reactive element to the lights to reduce energy wastage further. This technology incorporates environment sensors, which utilise natural light to subsidise its own brightness levels.

The whole project has been measured and audited in accordance with the government’s Electricity Demand Reduction (EDR) project, and the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC). Just 18 companies, including Network Rail, BAE Systems and Tata Steel UK, met the criteria for the EDR scheme.

£5k further estimated savings from intelligent design and ability to anticipate movement in the warehouse
£13k per month saved in energy costs
£50k awarded by the Electricity Demand Reduction (EDR) scheme towards the LED project
236k kWh expected reduction of grid electricity demand during the months of November to February, between the hours of 4pm to 8pm
1 megawatt approximate annual kWh savings

“I am proud that our business is continually investing in initiatives that reduce our environmental impact. It’s great to be contributing to a UK-wide approach to energy saving, whilst also reducing our energy bills.”

National Facilities and Property Compliance Manager
Wolseley UK
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