The chair of the Save Our Sidmouth group wrote to the Deputy CEO of the District Council asking for clarification on energy costs:
Costs of running Knowle, compared with those of running Honiton and Exmouth | Save Our Sidmouth
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: comparing the Sidmouth and Honiton/Exmouth options
The Deputy CEO of the District Council has just replied, as reported on the SOS blog:
Running costs of alternative sites for EDDC HQ
December 8, 2014 by sidmouthsid Leave a comment
Richard Cohen has today replied to SOS Chair Richard Thurlow, as follows:
Thank you for your enquiry regarding the comparison of Annual Running Costs.
You are correct that during year one the differential in electricity and gas costs when comparing the Knowle with proposed new office at Heathpark and a refurbishment of Exmouth Town Hall is £50,200. Using a 2% pa general increase for inflation, but with 10% pa for electricity and gas the difference progressively increases to some £366,000 by year twenty.
Also, please be aware that in addition to electricity and gas costs there are other elements including Business Rates, Maintenance (planned, reactive, grounds), insurances and other running costs that have also been taken into consideration.
Deputy Chief Executive
East Devon District Council
Running costs of alternative sites for EDDC HQ | Save Our Sidmouth
We do need to look at the bigger picture...
'Saving energy' might be more than simply getting your bills down. It's about how much you spend on the energy you need to do anything - including the huge amounts of energy needed to construct a new HQ:
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: demolish or renovate?
Futures Forum: "The greenest building is the one standing" >> Why do developers prefer to demolish buildings than renovate them?
Meanwhile, getting the right information about the buildings currently occupied might be a good start:
Futures Forum: Knowle: old bricks vs new build: embodied carbon
It is actually very difficult to predict the cost of energy.
We have just seen a fall in the price of oil - and the possible consequences of that:
Futures Forum: Climate change: and lower oil prices
Futures Forum: Climate change and "the history of a fossil fuel addiction" ... Prof Iain Stewart @ the Sidmouth Science Festival
When it comes to predicting 'peak oil', this can be very tricky:
Predicting the timing of peak oil - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Futures Forum: Fracking: 'the party's over': Peak Oil now forecast for 2020
Futures Forum: Peak oil, peak soil, peak water... peak everything
Here is an assessment from the oil industry:
Energy Supply & Demand | Global Issues | Chevron
Nevertheless, we have got used to the idea of price increases:
How energy bills have soared - Telegraph
Energy bills rise by 37% in three years | Money | The Guardian
Here is an overall assessment from a solar panel company: