The popular Dunston business The Staiths Café, which is close to the historic Dunston Staiths on the banks of the River Tyne, received £2,710 to buy and install new energy efficient equipment.
The café's owners have used the money to fund the instillation of solar panels to reduce their carbon footprint, boost their energy independence and protect them from unpredictable increases in utility prices.
The new solar panel system is estimated to generate over 7,500kWh of renewable electricity a year and will save 2.7 tonnes of CO2 annually.
Suzanne Hutton, co-owner of The Staiths Café, said: “It's always been part of the plan to get solar panels, but one of the problems was that they're just so expensive. I eventually came across BEST after speaking to my local councillors.”
The solar panels will not only help The Staiths Café reduce its energy bills, but with customers becoming more environmentally aware, participating in BEST also provides a great way to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability.
Suzanne concluded: “We've always been conscious about our energy usage and the effects it has on the environment, it's a growing thing for everyone.”
What's important for local business is not just the financial savings this can generate, it's the public goodwill it can create.
The public are demanding ever more loudly that organisations both large and small should be greener and more sustainable, and these demands will only continue to grow.
Showing your commitment to sustainability is therefore not only good for the climate, it's going to please your customers and that's going to be good for business.
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