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Minister hails £300k energy saving

What was formerly one of the least energy efficient buildings in Whitehall has revealed a £300,000 fuel bill saving.

Eland House, home to the Department for Communities and Local Government, has been awarded a D grade in the Display Energy Certificate ratings.

Communities minister Andrew Stunell praised workers at the building for their efforts in reducing energy consumption. The £300,000 saving on gas and electricity bills this year is compared to the energy costs of the building in 2006/07.

Mr Stunell said the rating was an improvement on last year’s E grade, and contributes to the ongoing Government drive to reduce CO2 emissions by 10 per cent over the year.

The minister described this as “a great achievement” for a prestige office building that relies on mechanical heating, cooling and ventilation.

Despite the improvement, the department will be continuing to look for further savings.

In the last 12 months a range of measures have been introduced to help meet lower energy use and CO2 targets - including installing more efficient lighting, aligning heating and cooling provision with Cabinet Office recommendations, and by staff adopting lower carbon behaviours such as turning off office equipment when not in use.