Reducing energy use

Why we all need to reduce energy use and what the council is doing about it.

Why we need to reduce our energy use

All the carbon dioxide from the energy we use ends up in the atmosphere, causing changes to our weather. By reducing our energy use, we can reduce our carbon footprint, which will help to tackle climate change.

Energy and fuel costs are rising, affecting the cost of delivering essential services, such as waste collection. Reducing energy use saves money as well as cutting carbon emissions.

What is a carbon footprint

Almost everything we do produces carbon dioxide (CO2).

Your annual carbon footprint is the total of all the CO2 emissions produced from the things you have done in a year, for example driving a car, heating your home and so on.

You can calculate your personal carbon footprint online.

How we are reducing our energy use

We recognise that, as a council, we have an important role, not only to reduce our own carbon footprint, but also to encourage others to do the same.

Our carbon emissions come from:

  • Electricity and gas that we use in buildings, for example the council offices, Princes Hall, crematorium, community centres and sports pavilions (65%)
  • Fuel use by contractors - waste collection, street cleaning, open space maintenance (27%)
  • Business travel by council staff (8%)

Carbon emissions from Rushmoor Borough Council

Carbon emissions from Rushmoor Borough Council

We have a comprehensive plan to reduce the amount of energy, fuel and water we use. Among the steps we have taken to save energy and money are:

  • Solar panel Replacing old energy-inefficient lighting with 'light emitting diode' (LED) technology
  • Fitting occupancy sensors and ambient light sensors for internal lighting and dusk-to-dawn sensors to external lighting circuits
  • Fitting timers, remote control and thermostats to heating circuits
  • Replacing energy-inefficient appliances with efficient equivalents
  • Improving insulation on community buildings
  • Training people to 'switch off'
  • Driver training for our bin lorry drivers
  • Reducing business travel
  • Fitting dual-flush toilets and press taps
  • Investing in technologies that generate electricity or produce heat without adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, such as the solar energy schemes we have installed on five buildings


Electricity use in buildings accounted for 1,378 tonnes CO2 in 2017, down from 2,012 tonnes CO2 in 2009 when we started to invest in energy efficiency measures. 


Gas accounts for 1,484 tonnes of our total current CO2 emissions, a reduction on the 1,737 tonnes CO2 in 2009.   However, the crematorium, and the privately-managed leisure centres, account for 86.49% of our total gas use. 

See detailed information about our carbon emissions from 2008 to 2012.

How we are helping residents and businesses reduce their energy use

As well as raising awareness of climate change and providing advice about energy efficiency at local events, we have a number of projects to help reduce energy use in Rushmoor:

  • We are helping residents to benefit from grants and funding to improve their homes when these are available
  • We support the Sustainable Business Network , which offers free support to local businesses wanting to become 'greener'. The network organises free breakfast briefings locally hosted by large companies. The briefings cover a wide range of sustainability and environmental topics of importance to local business, including a legislation update at each session. You will find more information about future events on the Sustainable Business Network website. You can also contact the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce for details on 01329 242 420 or email

Home Energy Conservation Act report

Under the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995, we have a duty to publish a report about what we are doing to help with home energy conservation in Rushmoor.

The report must give details of what progress has been made and what plans there are for further improvements.

Read what we have been doing in our pdf icon Home Energy Conservation Act Progress Report 2017 [1Mb]

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