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Enfield Council - Saving money and the world

Published Thursday, 30 August 2012

Enfield Council has announced it is seeking a partner to develop a £1.7 million project to fit energy saving devices to civic buildings and school sites, which will save more than £230,000 a year.

The first phase of the RE:FIT Project, will see features such as lighting controls, energy efficient boilers and additional insulation introduced in 11 schools and 3 corporate buildings to reduce energy usage, costs and carbon emissions.

Enfield Council currently spends in the region of £5-6 million a year on energy across the entire borough and is keen to reduce expenditure during the present difficult financial period, especially with energy prices continuing to rise. The Council has also committed to reduce its carbon emissions by 25 per cent by 2014, as compared to a 2008 baseline.

The borough estimates the improvements will pay for themselves within seven years, with work expected to start in June next year.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: "The reality is that energy costs are increasing and we spend an awful lot of money lighting and heating our buildings. We want to minimise our energy usage and RE:FIT will help us achieve that while simultaneously protecting the environment for future generations.

"We've made no secret of the fact that we need to save significant sums of money because of unprecedented government spending cuts. Enfield's RE:FIT project will save us over £230,000 each year, helping to protect vital front line services for residents who need them the most.

"We aim to roll this project out to as many building as possible and deliver significant savings to the borough and Council Tax payers. We'll also continue to develop innovative and effective ways of saving cash and energy while reducing carbon emissions."

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