Coun­cil saves £860k in en­ergy con­sump­tion

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Court Reports -

PERTH and Kin­ross Coun­cil has clawed back £860,000 in en­ergy con­sump­tion re­duc­tions in its build­ings in the last six years.

Fig­ures re­leased by the lo­cal au­thor­ity show a range of “en­ergy ef­fi­ciency” mea­sures led to an 11% drop in elec­tric­ity us­age and 25% in gas con­sump­tion be­tween the fi­nan­cial years 2012-13 and 2016-17.

Coun­cil chiefs claim that equates to an­nual sav­ings of £145,000 dur­ing this time.

They also state a fur­ther re­duc­tion of 3% was achieved be­tween 2016-17 and the first nine months of 2017-18, equat­ing to fur­ther sav­ings of £135,000 i n en­ergy costs. It makes the to­tal sav­ing £860,000.

A coun­cil spokes­woman said the sav­ings had been achieved through a range of mea­sures in­clud­ing turn­ing down heat­ing in their build­ings and in­creased anal­y­sis of in­for­ma­tion on en­ergy use.

She said: “A num­ber of en­ergy and wa­ter con­ser­va­tion pro­jects were de­liv­ered by the coun­cil’s prop­erty ser­vices de­part­ment dur­ing the 2017-18 fi­nan­cial year, help­ing to meet the lo­cal au­thor­ity’s 3% en­ergy re­duc­tion tar­get.

“Along­side this, there has been de­creased en­ergy use at the coun­cil’s Perth High Street head­quar­ters since the build­ing’s ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment and up­grade was com­pleted in 2016.”

Coun­cil­lor Peter Bar­rett, a Lib­eral Demo­crat mem­ber o f Pe r t h a n d K i n ro s s Coun­cil’s prop­erty sub­com­mit­tee, ex­pressed his de­light.

He said: “This is a very wel­come an­nounce­ment that re­flects the i mpact en­ergy ef­fi­ciency mea­sures can have — from both a fi­nan­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal per­spec­tive.”

He added:“The coun­cil will be us­ing low and zero car­bon tech­nolo­gies in our new and re­fur­bished build­ings.”

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