Small Businesses, Crafts & Services

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in
 Small Businesses, Crafts & Services

Lebanon is rich in small companies, trades and service companies, which comprise a large variety of enterprises as a whole. The sector in itself can broadly be segmented three categories each with several sub- categories:

Wholesale and retail: non-food retail, small supermarkets, wholesale and commission trade Services: Office spaces, small hotels and guest houses (covered in a separate flyer), hairdressers, professional services, etc.


Smaller crafts and manufacturing companies: Manufacturing of small machinery, iron works, final products, etc., car trade, sales and repair

As a whole the sector comprising these trades and companies has a combined energy efficiency potential of at least 30%. However, these companies also suffer most from the lack of professional advice regarding energy efficiency. Quite often simple standard measures can generate a very good improvement in energy costs and to the end LEEREFF has developed the List of Standard Technologies (LET). The list provides potential investors with the possibility of selecting equipment and be confident, that the technology purchased will produce the desired energy savings. Most technologies are applicable across all sector. 

overview of examples of energy saving and renable energy investmentsin small workshop, crafts and services

wholesales and retail

Retailers and wholesalers, regardless of the size, require dry, clean and, in the case of companies handling food products, refrigerated spaces. One factor that differentiates retailers from wholesalers is the need for lighting, which draws in the customers and literally puts the product into the right light. The typically high electricity consumption in the sector can be reduced with investments in the following equipment:

  • LED and other efficient lighting systems
  • Split and central air conditioning units
  • Efficient boilers

  • Efficient refrigeration and freezers
  • Efficient ventilation
  • Efficient ovens for on-site baking and cooking
  • Energy management systems
  • Solar PV and solar lighting (wholesalers tend to have more roof space for rooftop installations)

Services

Office spaces are used by most companies but are of particular importance in banking, finance, insurances as well as consultancies. They primarily consume energy for heating and cooling rooms, lighting, ventilation and office equipment (PCs, servers, photocopiers etc.). Lighting makes up the largest portion of their energy consumption. The lighting being used is primarily general lighting such as strip light. Most places will also have spot and point lights, most often compact fluorescent lamps or halogen lights. The LEEREFF LET offers:

  • LED and other efficient lighting systems
  • Split and central air conditioning units

  • Efficient boilers

  • Solar PV and solar hot water

Other Small Businesses cover a wide range of services such as hairdressers, solariums, laundries etc. In some cases, energy consumption is comparable to that of retailers, whereas others require more energy-intensive equipment like washing machines or sunbeds. The LEEREFF LET offers:


  • LED and other efficient lighting systems
  • Split and central air conditioning units

  • Efficient boilers

  • Solar PV and solar hot water

  • Efficient commercial washing machines

  • Efficient equipment for the leisure and beauty service providers

Other Small Businesses cover a wide range of services such as hairdressers, solariums, laundries etc. In some cases, energy consumption is comparable to that of retailers, whereas others require more energy- intensive equipment like washing machines or sunbeds. The LEEREFF LET offers:


  • LED and other efficient lighting systems
  • Split and central air conditioning units

  • Efficient boilers

  • Solar PV and solar hot water

  • Efficient commercial washing machines

  • Efficient equipment for the leisure and beauty service providers

smaller crafts and manufacturing companies


Small manufacturers  of machinery, furniture, household appliances and medical equipment. Energy consumption is typically centered around lighting, cooling, ventilation, air compression and IT, but also some production equipment, including auxiliary devices such as compressors and motors. The LEEREFF LET offers:


  • LED and other efficient lighting systems

  • Split and central air conditioning units

  • Efficient boilers

  • Solar PV and solar hot water

  • Efficient compressors

  • Efficient motors and inverters


Car trade, sales and repair make up a relatively large sector in which energy is mainly consumed for heating and lighting up salesrooms and repair shops, which also use air compressors and process heating (e.g. spray booths). The LEEREFF LET offers:


  • LED and other efficient lighting systems

  • Split and central air conditioning units

  • Efficient boilers

  • Solar PV and solar hot water

  • Efficient compressors

  • Efficient motors and inverters

  • Heat recovery systems

mini case – auto-transmission repair shop

The nature of the automotive transmission repair business requires working with tools 
in a complex, hands-on environment. The Automotive transmission repair shop needed a lighting solution that would improve visibility and safety in
 their shop. By investing in the replacement of the outdated T12 fluorescent lighting against efficient LED, the repair shop had energy savings of over 50% and improved its working conditions at the same time.

Mini Case – Small Sewing Company

The company with less than 40 employees invested in various energy saving measures and is now saving 60.2 MWh/year:

  • Installed a new highly efficient ventilation system
  • Installed a modern heat recovery 
technology 

  • Replaced all lights with modern LED lamps 

  • Insulated the building and installed energy efficient windows 

  • Purchased 26 new and efficient sewing 
machines 


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