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Energy Survey of Local Public Buildings

Posted Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Energy survey of local public buildings will help save on their bills, as well as the environment!

Commissioned by Sustainable Youlgrave, a newly-published Energy and Water Survey of seven public buildings in both Youlgrave and Middleton looked at what measures each could take to become more energy efficient and so save money on their bills. It included an assessment of their present energy use, what energy-saving measures were already in place and what improvements could be carried out, including the possible introduction of renewable technologies.

The buildings taking part included both parish churches, one of the chapels, the school and three meeting rooms.

The survey was paid for by a grant from the Peak District National Park’s Sustainable Development Fund. A detailed report was drawn up for each venue and both the authors and Sustainable Youlgrave would like to thank all seven for taking part.

Recommendations for possible improvements included improved insulation, replacement of old lights with more efficient versions, and the installation of pre-set timer heating controls. Renewable energy options included solar hot water heating, solar pholtaics (PV) panels, wood chip boilers and an air source heat pump. These will now be considered by the various management committees, but already one venue has indicated that they want to go ahead with suggestions including better insulation, changing all their light bulbs and even fitting solar panels. SY hopes to meet with them very soon to discuss their options and offer any further practical help they need.

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