Smart meters will reduce Council's carbon and cash costs

The introduction of new technology to monitor energy and water consumption will reduce the City of Edinburgh Council's carbon footprint.

The new technology will also save the Council an estimated £700,000 a year.

A report, which will be considered by the Finance and Resources Committee on Thursday, 21 January, proposes the early installation of an automated meter reading system in 422 Council buildings. The meters are already in 64 Council buildings.

This is part of a new UK Government carbon trading scheme, which officially begins in April 2010, and is designed to encourage participating organisations to become more energy efficient.

The new meters will replace estimated bills with accurate meter readings and will allow the Council to closely monitor its use of gas and electricity as well as assisting with the identification of water leaks. The new meters will reduce administration costs, allow remote maintenance and improve budget forecasting and cash flow management.

Councillor Robert Aldridge, Environment Leader, said: "I am sure this will prove to be a very effective spend to save initiative and will help to further embed a low carbon culture in the Council. The smart meters will cut energy costs in Council buildings and at the same time they will help the Council to achieve our goals of reducing waste and meeting carbon and energy reduction targets.

"Historically the data provided to analysis our energy use has been poor, which is another advantage of the smart meters as they will provide instant, accurate information on energy use throughout the Council."

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