Green energy changes save venue £50,000 a year

12th June 2008

<p>Conferencing venues across the UK are likely to be looking to the south coast after the Theatre Royal Plymouth announced that it has saved almost £50,000 a year through introducing energy-saving initiatives. </p><p>According to the latest figures released by the arts venue, it has been able to cut its electricity use by 19 per cent since it made the environmentally-friendly changes, while gas consumption has declined by 46 per cent. </p><p>As well as the large financial saving, the move has also enabled the venue to reduce its annual carbon emissions by around 270 tonnes. </p><p>Speaking at the Theatres Trust's Building Sustainable Theatres conference, Theatre Royal manager Kevin Faulkner explained that the large savings have been made possible by carrying out the smallest of changes. </p><p>"The longer something is on for the more energy it will use," he said. </p><p>"Yes, you need to make changes to the shows, but initially you can look at all the things in your building which operate for 24 hours and 18 hours.</p><p>"That's what we did, we went to those and changed them around. We introduced these purely and simply as part of maintenance, just changing the light bulbs, nothing really expensive."<img alt="ADNFCR-1753-ID-18636470-ADNFCR" src="" /></p>