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Jock's Sandwich Bar

Jocks exteriorSmall businesses such as Jock's Sandwich Bar in Sidney Avenue are a vital part of the local community. Energy advice can help to cut costs and improve profitability, as well as reducing their carbon footprint.

Jock's Sandwich Bar in Sidney Avenue is a well-established and popular business in the Penkside area of Stafford. The owner, Graham Moffat, has been serving customers from near and far for over six years, and they keep coming back. However, like any catering business, it consumes lots of energy for cooking, heating, cooling, and extraction of fumes. Because of Jock's proven value to the local community, in 2011 the premises were given an energy audit to see how the running costs could be reduced.

Energy audit

The audit was carried out by Stafford-based consultants Sustainable Support Partners as part of the Penkside Project to improve different aspects of life in the Silkmore Lane and Rickerscote areas of the town. The options were limited because of the lack of a mains gas supply to the business, even though the flats above the shop did have mains gas. Connection to the gas grid Grahamcould cost up to £5000, and as in this case is often a big obstacle to making small businesses more energy efficient.

Energy-efficient lighting is one relatively cheap and simple way of saving energy
and cutting costs, as demonstrated by Graham Moffat, proprietor of Jock's Sandwich Bar.

This means that Jock's relies on electricity to power all appliances, and a butane gas heater for space heating. However, the report did find that significant savings could be made by replacing tungsten filament bulbs with low-energy compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs, and substituting low-energy T5 strip lighting for the existing T8 tubes. Which is what was done, giving estimated savings of £145 per year.