Council cuts energy bills

IN THE GREEN ' From the left are Ribble Valley Borough Council deputy leader Stuart Hirst, Tim Lynas and surveying assistant Alan Coar.
IN THE GREEN ' From the left are Ribble Valley Borough Council deputy leader Stuart Hirst, Tim Lynas and surveying assistant Alan Coar.
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ENERGY efficiency at Ribble Valley Borough Council buildings is in the green thanks to the installation of environmentally-friendly technology.

The council has reduced its energy bills and carbon footprint by installing a range of green technology, including motion-sensory lighting and state-of-the-art hand-dryers.

Energy-efficiency ratings at several council buildings have improved considerably, particularly at Ribblesdale Pool, Clitheroe, which has seen its rating jump from G to D. The Council Offices in Church Walk, Clitheroe, and Clitheroe Castle Museum, are also in the green with energy-efficiency ratings of C.

The ratings are displayed on Display Energy Certificates, which were introduced in 2008 to inform the public about the energy-efficiency of municipal buildings and raise public awareness of energy use.

Display Energy Certificates provide an energy rating from A to G, based on the amount of metered energy used by the building over a 12-month period, where A is very efficient and G the least efficient. A to C ratings are considered very good, although A ratings are extremely rare in old buildings.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s principal surveyor, Tim Lynas, said: “Each year the council will be undertaking an energy efficiency review and prioritising work to reduce carbon emissions, which will reduce the council’s carbon footprint, as well as costs.

“Given the constraints the council has with its properties, such as design and age, these improvements are extremely heartening.”