At Suomen Karbonaatti’s production facilities in Lappeenranta Finland, 86 old ceiling lights were replaced with modern and energy-efficient LED lights during the fall. As a result of the measure, approximately 250 MWh of electricity will be saved per year, which corresponds to the average annual consumption of up to 34 non-electrically heated detached houses*. At current electricity prices, the investment will pay for itself in a few years.
“Of course, the current price of electricity served as one incentive, but some of the lamps have already been replaced before, so it’s not a completely new issue,” says Suomen Karbonaatti’s (SKOY) CEO Jussi Kaksonen.
Originally, the idea of switching to LEDs came from the company’s own employees as part of the continuous improvement process.
“For us, continuous improvement consists of larger and smaller concrete measures. Our personnel regularly come up with good development ideas, which we actively strive to implement,” says Kaksonen.
SKOY aims for one per cent reduction in energy consumption per year
“Our goal is to reduce energy consumption by one percent annually. Switching to LEDs is one significant step towards achieving this goal. It’s really worth investing in energy saving, because it benefits both the environment and the economy,” reminds Jussi Kaksonen.
In addition to saving energy, changing to LEDs is a safety-promoting measure, as the lamps now need to be changed less often due to their longer lifespan. In high production rooms, the lamps must be changed using racks, and therefore every installation situation also affects the operation of the production and increases safety risks. SKOY’s production runs in uninterrupted three-shift work 24/7.
*According to Vattenfall, an average non-electrically heated detached house consumes approximately 7300 kWh of electricity annually. Source: https://www.vattenfall.fi/energianeuvonta/sahkonkulutus/
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