Case study: JEB Precision

From its 1500m2 manufacturing base in Northwich, Cheshire, JEB employs a team of 25 making precision-machined components. It used Business Energy Insight™ to see just how energy efficient it could become. And with wholesale improvements to lighting, which involved installing new fittings, as well as changing attitudes, the company saw huge reductions in its electricity bills in the space of just a month.

Location: Northwich, Cheshire
Sector: Manufacturing
Floor area: 1.548 sqm
Staff size: 25

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Any energy savings would free up cash to invest in new equipment."

Mike Bebbington, JEB Precision

Energy usage*

1 Nov 2011 - 31 Jan 2012

Key concerns

Machinery uses up a lot of electricity

Intricate work means constant bright lighting

Many processes need machines running all day.


We want professional advice. We need to work with the experts, who have proper knowledge of how to make savings.

Insights & Results

Key insights**

  • Lighting makes up as much as 45% of total electricity usage. Replacing light fittings could save £5,000 a year.
  • 10% wastage due to lights being left on when not needed. Fitting sensor switches could save £576 a year.
  • 9% wastage due to unnecessarily high voltage input from the national grid. Installing a voltage optimiser could save £900 a year.

What are the savings?

£1433 a year***

Or 11% of annual energy consumption.

The last word....****

"Before we started the challenge, I was sceptical about how much money we could save. You always think you know your own business best! However, the process has challenged our preconceptions about our use of lighting."

Mike Bebbington, JEB Precision

* Source: Business Energy Insight™ report for JEB Precision Ltd, 1 November – 31 January 2012.

** Source: JEB Precision Ltd Energy Audit Report produced by Utilitywise Ltd on 26 January 2012. Company profile information provided by Utilitywise Ltd.

*** Savings obtained from monitoring consumption data over a minimum period of 40 days and modelled over a 12 month period. Financial savings based on an estimated average p/kWh. Calculated savings are liable to differ under alternative monitoring periods.

**** Source: Taken from transcript of interview conducted with JEB Precision.

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