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David English, Restore, Redhill
Energy & Water Savings at Mid Sussex Community Buildings
Four community buildings in Mid Sussex have installed energy and water saving projects following attendance at a UTILISE: Energy, Waste and Water Efficiency Course.
Hapstead Hall in Ardingly fitted new controls to their heating system to allow them to independently manage the temperature in the two main rooms and communal areas. Originally, it had only been possible to switch ‘on’ or ‘off’ the heating across the whole building, meaning that rooms were often heated when not is use. Ardingly Parish Council, who run the building expect to save 12,000 kWh and £450 per year. They used a local heating specialist, found through the Sustainable Business Network.
Cyprus Hall in Burgess Hill fitted double glazing. Despite the initial outlay meaning the payback period in direct energy cost savings will be over 10 years (which is often the case with glazing projects), volunteers and building users have commented on the additional benefits, including fewer draughts, improved security and reduced outside noise.
Scaynes Hill Millennium Village Centre fitted draught proofing to doors and sensor controls to urinals so that they only flush after use instead of each time the cistern filled. The urinal controls will pay for themselves in four months and the Centre is looking forward to savings of over 250 m3 of water and £800 each year, the latter likely to increase with the trend in rising water prices.
The Haven Centre in Crawley Down also installed urinal controls as well as push taps. Trustee Beryl Malcomber, who attended the UTILISE Course said, “With hundreds of people using the bathrooms each week, taps sometimes got left on. This wasted water and occasionally caused small scale flooding. We’re anticipating annual savings of £300 per year, plus reduced maintenance time.” The Haven Centre have also installed photovoltaic solar panels to generate electricity and upgraded lighting to more energy efficient models.
A second UTILISE Course is being held in Haywards Heath on the 15th October. Thanks to Mid Sussex District Council it is free of charge to attend for Mid Sussex based organisations and delegates will be able to apply for a grant of up to £500 to install energy or water saving measures at their premises. Full details and booking information.