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Energy investment means savings

Family business Halliday Funeral Supplies has made significant carbon and financial savings after investing £250,000 in renewable energy technology.

The Wirral-based company, which manufactures coffins, caskets and veneers, has installed a biomass boiler and a state-of-the-art waste-processing unit that shreds waste to go into the boiler.

This in turn, provides hot water and heat, and a heat storage tank enhances the system’s efficiency when demand for heating and hot water rises during the coldest months.  

The biomass boiler system qualifies for the Government’s non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, which pays system owners to generate heating and hot water from renewable sources.

Halliday FS was established in 1979 by Dawn Halliday and is run today by her three sons, Richard, Stephen and Philip.

The business will manufacture around 26,000 coffins this year – with up to 600 a week going out in its busiest months – and supplies funeral directors nationwide.

Richard said the new boiler had transformed the business: “Our company produces 378 tons of waste annually, made up of 306 tons of wood and general waste and a further 72 tons of sawdust,” he said.

“Until the introduction of the biomass boiler, the 306 tons were sent to landfill, but in its [the boiler’s] first year in operation, 254 tons were re-routed to biomass, while the 72 tons of sawdust waste was recycled.

Richard explained the benefits included slashing the annual waste bill from £24,000 a year to less than £4,000 a year.

“In addition, our gas consumption, which was running at £10,000 a year, has been cut to less than £5,000. And the commercial RHI will provide further substantial payback over a 20-year period,” he added.

“The combination of environmental and financial savings alone justifies our substantial investment in renewable energy technology.”

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