An entrepreneurial eco-warrior is combating rising energy costs with his passion for renewables.
Former Royal Marine reservist Craig Smith set up his Solec business to provide a range of energy options to customers.
The businessman initially gained work through his reputation as a conventional electrician, but has gradually built up his business in the ‘green’ energy sector, specialising in solar power, energy efficient lighting and electric vehicle charging points.
He tests out the technology at his home, which features solar panels, LED lighting, wood burning heating and a system to push warm recycled air around the house.
And Mr Smith says the combined systems have saved his family hundreds of pounds on energy bills.
“Investing in green technology is not just about saving the planet for future generations, it’s about saving money too,” he said. “Even small changes can have big effects — if a business swaps its lighting for energy efficient alternatives it can radically reduce its electricity bills for very little investment or effort.”
The business is currently based in Coopies Lane Industrial Estate in Morpeth, but Mr Smith wants to expand his green outlook and hopes to create a custom-built, carbon neutral, self-sustaining office, constructed from shipping containers, heated with a biomass boiler, powered by solar panels and featuring rainwater harvesters.
“Eventually, I want both my home and business base to be something out of The Good Life, with free range chickens and organic vegetables growing in the garden,” he said.
Solec supplies green energy equipment, as well as conventional electrics, to homes and businesses from Northumberland to North Yorkshire.