There is a rising demand for energy across the planet, potentially creating many problems for this and future generations, such as;
The changing weather patterns, flooding and drought that we have been experiencing over recent years is having a far reaching effect on the UK's people, places, economy, society and environment.
What can be done?
Energy efficiency measures and the use of renewable energy can help address these problems, by emitting less CO2 into the atmosphere. In the Council’s case this has the added benefit of saving the Council money, through reduced electricity and gas bills.
The Council is committed to reducing energy use in its buildings, thereby reducing CO2 emissions generated and saving money in the process. The Council has achieved a 23% cut in energy use in its buildings between 2012/13 and 2015/16 (see graph).
How is the Council addressing Energy Efficiency?
The Council’s Energy Efficiency strategy is to address both the physical makeup of our property (such as updating heating systems, lighting and insulation) and good housekeeping based on our day-to-day operations.
As part of this, we have implemented a number of projects and initiatives, a selection of which are shown below;
Water is a commodity that is often overlooked when organisations are considering energy use but there are also cost and carbon savings to be realised by using water more efficiently too. Visit our water saving page to find out what Ashfield District Council is doing to save water and what you can do at home.
Be An Energy Shopper
Ofgem, the government energy regulator, has launched a new web site to help people understand bills and annual statements, read meters, how to be more energy efficient, and how to compare energy tariffs to calculate how much could be saved by switching suppliers.