Scottish local authority saves almost £180,000 through energy efficiency

Angus Council has announced it was saved almost £180,000 on energy supplies for council buildings and street lighting.

The local authority saved it has achieved savings of £178,382 through the introduction of energy efficient light fittings and other energy conservation projects, as well as reduced energy consumption by street lights and a milder than expected winter.

The Council’s Communities Committee meeting in Forfar heard there was a 5.8% reduction in energy consumption in 2014-15, compared to the previous year and also a 5.5% reduction carbon emissions over the same period.

“Staff in departments across the council estate have helped us to achieve an excellent 4,200,148 kWh reduction energy consumption and the associated savings.

“As a direct result, we saw a very encouraging 1,280,104kg reduction in carbon emissions,” said a council spokesman.

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues