Theatre to Improve Energy Efficiency and Save

THE Nottingham Playhouse theatre in England has been awarded almost £1 million as a grant to improve energy efficiency.

The Playhouse opened in 1963 at a time when energy costs and the resultant carbon emission had little consideration in the design, making it now costly to operate.

Part of the grant will be used for solar panels, investment will also be made into energy efficiency lighting, all part of the effort to reduce the annual 35,000KW of energy consumption. In total the energy efficiency upgrades will save the Playhouse about £35,000 a year.

Despite these figures the theatre reckons it requires at least £75,000 more to complete all the efficiency measures planned.

The Arts Council England awarded the grant, and their Area Director, Peter Knott stated: “We are working hard with organisations in the cultural sector to increase their sustainability both financially and ecologically. This award does both and will enable Nottingham Playhouse to ensure that their building is energy efficient and make the best use of space available.

“This project demonstrates the theatre’s commitment to finding more environmentally efficient ways of doing business, whilst creating the best value-for-money possible.”

Photo of Nottingham Playhouse at night by KlickingKarl (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday 21st August 2013

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