Council’s energy bill slashed

Angus Council has slashed its energy bill for street lighthing and council buildings by almost £180,000 over the past year.

The saving of £178,382 came from 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 heard recently there was a 5.8 per cent reduction in energy consumption in 2014-15 compared to the previous year and also a 5.5 per cent reduction in carbon emissions over the same period.

A council spokeswoman said: “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.”

There was also an underspend of £248,020 in relation to water and drainage expenditure for 2014/15. The overall spend was nearly 20 per cent less than in the previous 12 months. This was due to lower than expected water and an overall reduction in water consumption.