Switch off campaign saves Durham County Council £90,000 a year

Darlington and Stockton Times: BRIGHT MOVE: Jonathan Cole, editor of Greenbuild Magazine, with Catherine Marsden, energy conservation officer at Durham County Council. BRIGHT MOVE: Jonathan Cole, editor of Greenbuild Magazine, with Catherine Marsden, energy conservation officer at Durham County Council.

PERSUADING staff to switch off lights and computers when they are not in use has won a council a national award.

Durham County Council says the Big Switch Off campaign has reduced its electricity bill by £90,000-a-year.

The authority has now been given a top award from Greenbuild, a national organisation celebrating sustainability in buildings.

The Big Switch Off awareness campaign runs for two weeks at a time and to date has been tried in 10 of the authority’s buildings, including offices, leisure centres and training centres.

Staff are given daily updates on energy use in the building resulting in savings of up to 18 per cent over the two-week campaign, figures which have been sustained in subsequent months.

Councillor Brian Stephens, Durham County Council cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, said: “This is a hugely merited award and is testament to the efforts of our energy aware staff who continue to make great efforts to reduce electricity costs.”

The project is being rolled out across the authority, building by building.

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5:56pm Mon 19 May 14

thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth says...

I could come up with numerous ways of saving money. But I won't because (a) It's not my job to do such things and (b) The thieving self serving pigs wouldn't listen anyway.
I could come up with numerous ways of saving money. But I won't because (a) It's not my job to do such things and (b) The thieving self serving pigs wouldn't listen anyway. thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth
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8:32am Tue 20 May 14

Ally F says...

Isn't this just something we do at home all the time?

Turn down radiator thermostat valves in rooms not being used, switch lights off when leaving a room, going to bed or leaving the house, switch the telly off when not watching it, switch the PC monitor off when not using it, use low energy light bulbs, etc.

And aren't we clever? We don't need to appoint an Energy Conservation Officer to tell us the blindingly obvious...
Isn't this just something we do at home all the time? Turn down radiator thermostat valves in rooms not being used, switch lights off when leaving a room, going to bed or leaving the house, switch the telly off when not watching it, switch the PC monitor off when not using it, use low energy light bulbs, etc. And aren't we clever? We don't need to appoint an Energy Conservation Officer to tell us the blindingly obvious... Ally F
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11:54am Tue 20 May 14

Mr A says...

Are Durham County Council staff so stupid that they need telling to turn stuff off! They presumably live in their own homes/parents homes isn't it just common sense?
Or are you saying that these people are so selfish that they need to be told how to act when someone else is paying the bills. Now "The project is being rolled out across the authority, building by building." Have the staff got NO COMMON SENSE?
Are Durham County Council staff so stupid that they need telling to turn stuff off! They presumably live in their own homes/parents homes isn't it just common sense? Or are you saying that these people are so selfish that they need to be told how to act when someone else is paying the bills. Now "The project is being rolled out across the authority, building by building." Have the staff got NO COMMON SENSE? Mr A
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