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Council to slash energy use

posted 28 Jan 2014, 22:32 by Unknown user

Energy efficiency upgrades to three of Council’s highest energy-consuming buildings are due to commence in April 2014. 

Energy saving measures including lighting, insulation and draft proofing will improve the comfort of the Great Western Tiers Visitor Centre, the Deloraine Community Complex and Council Offices at Westbury. 

“The three facilities selected for the program are our least efficient buildings, accounting for 85 per cent of all energy consumed at Council owned facilities,” said Mayor Craig Perkins. 


In addition to lighting and insulation, the buildings will have other energy saving measures applied such as secondary glazing, ventilation, heating and energy efficient hot water systems. 


The upgrades will benefit the people who use the buildings and will result in a considerable long term cost reduction to the community. 


‘Energy use will be slashed by 44 per cent on these facilities and greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by 170 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually … a saving of around $28,000 every year’ said Mayor Perkins. 


Council received $151,000 funding from the Australian Government as part of the Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP) to help deliver the $226,000 project. 


The project is part of a proactive sustainability strategy by Council to reduce costs through more efficient use of energy and will be documented and shared with community, businesses and other councils as a case study in energy efficient improvements.