Monday, 25 August 2008

CUT SCHOOL ENERGY BILLS

KENT PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Monday 25th August 2008 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 079444 71083

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CUT SCHOOL ENERGY BILLS

Kent County Council should meet the challenge of dramatic increases in school energy bills this year by installing new energy technologies on school sites. Grants are available from the Carbon Trust which would allow the County Council to have some support in installing solar water heating and solar panels on schools. Dr Hazel Dawe, Chair of Kent Green Party, comments:

“Our County Council faces crippling energy bills for its schools (2) in the coming winter period, after massive increase in bills this year. It should make use of available grants and any assistance Parent-Teacher Associations can provide to better insulate schools and to install solar water heating, solar panels and wind turbines where this is appropriate. If the Council bulk buys, it should be able to get far better prices for new energy technologies than individual householders do.

“Since the alternative for heating schools is to increase the council tax to meet rising energy bills, we feel sure the County Council will want to take action to cut long-term energy costs.”

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FURTHER INFORMATION: Dr Hazel Dawe, Chair, Kent Green Party on 01732 355185 or 0845 257 4236 or mobile 079444 71083. Contact address as above.



Notes:
1. See www.carbontrust.co.uk
2. And all other buildings it uses, but it may be easier to obtain grants for schools since there is still apparently a low take up of the grants for schools which the Carbon Trust provides.

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