Cork County Council to save over €400,000 in energy costs this year
Following extensive work by the Energy Section of Cork County Council, initiatives are currently being taken which will have the impact of reducing Cork County Council’s energy bill by over €400,000, this year, with other measures being planned to take this figure to over €1,000,000 next year.
Electricity is Cork County Councils largest energy source (>67 million kWh/annum) and accounts for approximately 77% of Cork County Councils energy with over 1000 accounts across the county. These provide electricity to locations, which provide services i.e. water supply, wastewater treatment, public lighting, office space heating and lighting etc. With the remainder of our energy usage being accounted for by transport, machinery and oil and gas used for heating buildings.
With the help of the Display® calculation tool Cork County recently undertook a review of all of its public buildings to identify energy usage in this sector, which allowed us for the first time to set baseline figures for our buildings sector which can now be benchmarked against European best practice.
Cork County Council’s energy section are now currently rolling out a detailed building labelling programme, using our newly adopted National auditing tool. This task which was started by using Display® is going beyond the European Performance in Buildings Directive requirements of labelling public buildings >1000m2 by labelling all public buildings irrespective of size. In the near future a new awareness programme for all buildings users will be designed, which will have the effect of further reducing Cork County Council’s energy use, through education and awareness.