When thinking about reducing your energy consumption, there are plenty of things you can do – one aspect, in particular, being to review the energy efficiency of your lift. At Sheridan Lifts, all of our energy-saving lifts fall in line with the requirements of BREEAM (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method), and we offer the most energy-efficient lifts on the UK market.

How Much Electricity Does a Regular Lift Use?

According to Cambridge University, a 15-second hydraulic lift journey consumes as much energy as a 60W light bulb does in an hour. A typical workplace elevator produces 0.3-0.6kg of CO2 per person per day, meaning one person, over a whole working year (200 days), is responsible for 60-120kg of CO2. The energy performance of lifts is often overlooked, but if we imagine a lift in a public building doing hundreds of trips a day, that’s a lot of energy consumed that will result in high-energy costs for the building owner – not to mention the environmental impact. 

In today’s market, elevator technology has evolved to be much more efficient with a much better energy performance. At Sheridan Lifts, we specialise in bespoke lifts that are suited to your property or commercial needs. Advances in elevator technology mean that it is now possible to cut these previously high energy costs and introduce a much more energy efficient lift into your building.


Reduce Your Carbon Footprint with Energy-Saving Lifts

With the corporate carbon footprint becoming more and more predominant, it’s more important than ever that companies are looking into how they operate and making the right steps to a more energy-efficient future. There are many benefits of installing an energy-saving lift in your building. At Sheridan Lifts, the lifts we install include energy-efficient features such as:

  • Low-energy LED lights are used to replace the fluorescent tubes, incandescent and halogen lights that are more typically used in traditional lifts. LED bulbs are much more energy-efficient and have a greater life span.
  • Our bespoke lifts are programmed to go into hibernate/standby mode when demand is low. This means that when the lift is not in use, it’s not wasting tonnes of energy by being kept unnecessarily active.
  • We always use regenerative drive systems that feed energy back to the network, saving you money in the long run.

In terms of your business, companies that demonstrate their commitment to reducing the environmental impact of their operations and buildings are more likely to win and retain customers.



Introducing energy-efficient lift technology can help your business use up to 80% less electricity than more traditional lifts. This is not only great news for your energy efficiency and carbon footprint, but it’s also great for your wallet.

At Sheridan Lifts, our team of highly trained engineers are experienced in lift installation all over the UK. Energy-efficient lifts are a great way to reduce your energy usage. They not only help to make sure your business is compliant with all relevant legislation, both now and in the future, but they can also reduce your monthly energy consumption significantly.

When you think about the amount of energy required to run a standard hydraulic lift, there’s a lot to consider: The energy it uses to transport people from floor to floor, to light the lift’s interior and the button panel, to open the doors and even the energy used when the lift is in standby mode all take a toll. For many commercial buildings, having a lift installed is a sheer necessity – for disabled access or ease of movement of heavy goods, for example – so it’s vital you actively consider the installation of a lift that will be less demanding on energy, and therefore on your long-term outgoings. At Sheridan Lifts, we have made it our mission to provide the most energy-efficient lifts on the UK market – all of which are in line with BREEAM requirements. We carry out traffic analysis to ensure standards are kept and we can stay true to supplying high-performance lifts with the lowest energy impact.

Energy efficiency simply means using less energy to perform the same task and, therefore, reducing or even eliminating energy waste. Elevator efficiency is essentially the process of making changes to your lift system in order to have it operate without consuming as much energy. This can be anything from changing the lighting to LED lighting, to completely changing the lift’s inner hardware to reduce the amount of energy consumed. To find out how our expert lift technicians can help, visit our Lift Refurbishment section.

The drive system of a lift has been found to have the highest impact on energy efficiency. There are two main categories of lift equipment: traction lift and hydraulic lift. From an energy performance point of view, a traction lift is more energy efficient than a hydraulic lift system.

Regenerative lifts represent one of the most significant modern innovations in lift technology. These lifts are classed as energy-efficient due to their design – when in use, the drives installed in these lifts capture the heat generated by the lift in motion and convert it into reusable energy. For example, when a regenerative lift goes up with a light load and down with a heavier load, the system will generate more power than it uses. A traditional lift, on the other hand, wastes this lift-generated energy as, rather than having a system that converts it, the excess power is instead lost as heat. This effectively leads to substantial amounts of energy being underutilised over the lifespan of a traditional elevator.

As well as high energy usage, some lifts have additional impacts on the environment. Traditional hydraulic elevators, for example, require oil to maintain smooth-functioning capabilities. If this oil permeates water sources, it can become an environmental hazard. Incandescent lights, often found in older lifts, have a much shorter life span than LED lighting has and use much more energy.

Here at Sheridan Lifts, we have designed bespoke lift systems that are designed to make every aspect of lift usage more efficient and environmentally safe.

Installing an energy-efficient lift significantly decreases energy consumption and can save you money in the long term.

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We work together with your design team to develop the concept for your bespoke, energy-efficient lift, ensuring that every aspect of the project is understood and carried out effectively. Each step of the project is carefully planned and only when you are confident your energy-efficient lift meets all the operational requirements does manufacture begin.

Sheridan Lifts procure first-class manufactured equipment to meet the criteria set out by BREEAM. From passenger lifts to service lifts to the most energy-saving lifts in the UK market, we source the very best suppliers and carry out traffic analysis to ensure our clients are left satisfied and with a pristine transportation system that they can rely on.

Our team of experts at Sheridan Lifts are always available for advice on any lift project, no matter the scale. Please get in touch to find out how we can help and to get your next project started.


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