Firefighters save cash by going green

Firefighter Carla Barrett and Assistant Chief Fire Officer Douglas Robinson with Greenpeace certificate for energy use reduction at Hemel Hempstead Fire Station.
Firefighter Carla Barrett and Assistant Chief Fire Officer Douglas Robinson with Greenpeace certificate for energy use reduction at Hemel Hempstead Fire Station.

Crews at Hemel Hempstead Fire Station have slashed their energy bills by almost a fifth by switching off lights and turning down heating.

Annual gas bills have dropped by 18 per cent and electricity bill by 14 per cent – saving taxpayers more than £3,300.

The incredible savings have been achieved through an awareness-raising campaign spearheaded by watch commander Jim Attenborough, a member of Greenpeace, and firefighter Carla Barrett.

The work is now being held up as best practice and rolled out to fire services across the country.

Jim said: “A similar cut in energy use across our society would play an important part in halting the change in our climate and helping to secure a viable and sustainable future for our society.”