BUILDINGS owned by North Yorkshire County Council will soon be rated for energy efficiency in a similar way to everyday items such as fridges and TV's.
The County Council is set to display energy efficiency 'labels' - resembling those displayed on electrical goods - on ten of its buildings. After that, the Authority will begin to roll the scheme out to more public buildings, including schools.
: County Councillors Carl Les and Clare Wood demonstrate
an energy certificate by County Hall's new power saving device
The A3 sized 'energy certificates' will be displayed in a part of the building open to the public, allowing visitors to see at a glance how efficiently the building uses energy and water. The certificates will be updated each year and bosses at the County Council intend that they will demonstrate annual improvements.
The 'labels' form one part of a scheme aiming to improve efficiency across a number of areas by putting better practices in place, including encouraging council staff to use less water and energy, and installing energy saving equipment.
A new energy saving device - known as the PowerPerfector - is already projected to save thousands of pounds a year in energy costs after it was installed in Northallerton's County Hall.
The device takes advantage of the fact that most modern electrical equipment, including computers, are designed to use less than the 240 volts supplied in the UK, and it reduces the voltage accordingly. This results in lower energy consumption.
Councillor Carl Les, North Yorkshire's executive member for corporate services, said: "The County Council is very much aware of the need to save energy and water, both to protect the environment and ensure that our buildings' operate cost effectively.
"This important campaign will enable people to see how we are doing as well as encourage us to improve"
- Known as the Display™ campaign, the labels are a Europe-wide initiative resulting from an EU directive.