The next time you go for a new ‘do’ at a Preston salon, you can be safe in the knowledge that you’re also doing your bit for the environment.
Jo and Cass, on Fishergate in the city, has become one of the first salons in the UK to embrace solar power.
And, Graham Cass, owner of Jo & Cass salons in Preston, Lancaster, Morecambe and Kendal, said clients love the idea of a “green” blow dry.
He said: “We love the economic benefits too.
“All the electric that is used in the salon is provided by the sun and we have saved tens of thousands of pounds since we had the panels installed around a year ago.
He added: “As you can imagine, hair dryers are not the most economic tool and they use up an awful lot of energy, so we’ve seen a massive difference in our electricity bills.”
The salon currently has 65 solar panels on the roof of the building near Preston railway station that power all of the businesses equipment and 250 lightbulbs, which have also been changed to eco-friend four watt LEDs, instead of 50 watt regular bulbs.
And Graham is hoping the other salons in his chain will soon become solar powered in the not-too distant future.
“The other buildings that we use are listed so we are trying to get solar panels sorted on them” said Graham.
The salon isn’t the only building in Preston to take advantage of the sun’s rays.
Around four years ago £34,000 was spent to install around 40, solar panels on top of Preston Town Hall to generate more than 75 kilowatts of energy– making it one of the greenest council buildings in the country.
The installation meant that the council could potentially receive a 25 year energy bill saving of more than £71,000.