£300,000 electric bill at Shire Hall
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Last year Gloucestershire County Council spent almost £400,000 on gas and electricity – in just two buildings.
The authority's electricity bill clocked in at more than £300,000 in between April 2011 and March 2012.
Meanwhile, its gas bill came in at just shy of £100,000.
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Combined, it means the council forked out an awful lot of cash keeping staff warm and computers switched on in Shire Hall and its other Gloucester hub, Quayside House.
The authority used more than 1.6m kilowatt hours of electric in 2011/12 and almost 2.5m kilowatt hours of gas energy in Shire Hall.
Councillor Ray Theodoulou (C, East Cotswold), cabinet member for finance and change, said: "Shire Hall is old and not energy friendly, but there is so much we can do."
The figures were disclosed after Councillor Jeremy Hilton (LD, Westgate), who is the leader of the Liberal Democrat group on the county council, asked the authority to shed some light on its hefty gas bills.
There have been calls in the past for Shire Hall to have its windows replaced to improve energy efficiency.
The majority of the existing windows in the building are single plane and critics have claimed they leak.