Scheme could cut Leeds City Council power bills

Council buildings across Leeds are to be made more energy efficient in a £1m project that could slash gas and electricity bills.

A range of measures including new condensing boilers, solar hot water heating and energy efficient lighting systems will be installed in 10 buildings with total annual gas and electricity bills currently running at nearly 800,000.

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It is estimated the upgrades will provide energy savings of at least 23 per cent and cut carbon emissions.

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The Executive Board has given the go ahead to the scheme, called Re-fit, which will play a part in helping the council hit its target of reducing its carbon footprint by 40 per cent by 2021.

The buildings lined up for the improvements include Kirkstall and Pudsey leisure centres, Torre Road transport depot, Little London Community Primary School, Armley Mills Museum and the Highways headquarters at the Middleton Park Centre.

Coun John Illingworth (Lab, Kirkstall) said: "As the largest employer in Leeds, this scheme is a significant step forward in the council's attempts to reduce its energy consumption and its carbon footprint, which will have a significant impact on the city's overall emissions.

"It has been projected that a minimum of 23 per cent can be saved on the energy bills of each designated building as a result of this scheme, and its success will hopefully pave the way for it to be extended to other buildings in the future."

Coun Ron Grahame (Lab, Burmantofts and Richmond Hill) said it was important that the council set an example.

He added: "Renewable energy sources and energy efficient technology is the way forward for everyone if we are to reduce our carbon footprint."

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