Thursday, 16 September 2010

UK Energy News - Council workers bring in their own heaters

A £500,000 electricity bill for Cardiff's County Hall may be down to heating
so poor that staff are forced to bring in their own heaters.

A council report, describing the building as "extremely inefficient", said
witnesses had suggested some staff are using portable electric heaters to
keep warm, using a considerable amount of electricity.

The findings showed County Hall's electricity bills had risen by around
£150,000 in recent years to hit £500,000.

The criticism comes in a task and finish group report looking at how
prepared the council is to begin taking part in the Carbon Reduction
Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme, which could see the council
facing financial penalties if it fails to cut energy use.

The council has set itself a target of reducing CO2 emissions by 60% by

Coun Simon Wakefield, who chaired the task group, said all council buildings
would have to be looked at to see where reduction in wasted energy can be

He said: "There's a huge amount of glass in it, there's a lot of corridors,
because it's perimeter heating, it's not very efficient, unlike new
buildings like the central library which is now very efficient.

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