Energia, one of Ireland’s leading energy suppliers, has supported Fitzgerald’s of Sandycove’s efforts to become more environmentally friendly, with a lighting upgrade to help reduce the carbon footprint of the well-known pub.
By availing of Energia’s Lighting Solutions offering, Fitzgerald’s has replaced outdated lighting with more energy-efficient options, all while maintaining the atmosphere and character of the building. This has resulted in estimated lighting savings of 82%.
As a part of this process, Energia arranged for an energy audit to assess the current light levels in place and to capture the consumption data of the business. The data was used to prepare the upgraded lighting design, as well as to calculate predicted savings. Energia also helped to arrange the installation of the new lighting products, from the initial ordering to the safe recycling of the old products. The upgrade costs were spread across a number of years while significant savings were seen as soon as the project is complete.
This upgrade is one of many steps taken by the team at Fitzgerald’s of Sandycove as part of their Go Green initiative, which has included adding solar panels to the roof, developing their own herb garden for the kitchen, renewing the emphasis on recycling waste and upgrading the cold room installed in 1986. Other initiatives have included replacing all single-use plastics and purchasing amore energy-efficient dishwasher and glasswasher. Further plans include replacing the windows in the building.
Ross Sheridan from Energia said, “Fitzgerald’s of Sandycove has a long history dating back to the Edwardian era, but now they are looking to the future and the steps that they can take to help protect the environment for generations to come. Energia is committed to climate action, but we know that for some businesses it can be difficult to know where to start. Our lighting upgrades help businesses find the best solution for them as well offering encouragement to those who are taking steps towards sustainability and becoming more energy efficient. We look forward to continuing to work with the team at Fitzgerald’s and other businesses across Ireland looking to upgrade.”
Will Agar, Manager at Fitzgerald’s of Sandycove, commented, “When we bought the bar last year, one of our big priorities was to make it more environmentally friendly. Joining Energia has helped us to do that, not only with the lighting upgrade, but through the support and guidance we have received from them. The whole process was so quick and has made a big difference. We knew it would make the pub brighter, but it was important to us to have the option to dim the lights for a nice atmosphere. Energia worked with us to make sure that was a priority.”
For more information about Energia’s Lighting Solutions, visit www.energia.ie/business/lighting-solutions