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LOCAL businesses are already realising the benefits of going green to save money with help from Fife Council.

Brand-Rex in Glenrothes was the first local business to take part in a Fife Council heating survey.

The results of the survey will help the council work out if it’s feasible to develop a Glenrothes district heating network.

When they took part in the council survey, Brand-Rex offered an insight into what they would want from the proposed Glenrothes District Heating network, instantly recognising the cost and carbon saving benefits they would be able to achieve.

District heating networks give the potential to purchase energy at competitive costs so can save businesses money, reduce their environmental impact and help generate income too.

A heat exchanger can provide instant heating and hot water to a property and extract waste process heat for profit.

Ian Wilkie, Commercial Director at Brand-Rex explained the business case for going green has become strong and many local companies should realise the benefits.

He said: “Significant cost savings are available to all businesses, simply by analysing where in the company the energy and carbon consumption is.

“Many companies have ignored opportunities or have just tapped into the publicity to appear greener than they actually are, but they are missing the point.”

Councillor Lesley Laird, executive member for Business, Enterprise, Economy & Planning said: “The council is eager to help as many businesses as possible deal with the challenge of increasing energy costs and create a sustainable future for the workforce of Fife.

“District heating is a proven way of reducing carbon emissions and driving down heat costs and is the next step in energy distribution throughout Fife. I would encourage all local businesses to take part in the short heating survey so that we can help them in terms of managing their energy costs and in turn they can also help us plan the way forward.”

To learn more about how your business could adopt district heating please call Sean Duddy on 08451 555 555, ext 440015.

Businesses who want to take part in the survey can complete it online at www.fifedirect.org.uk/heatsurvey before Wednesday 21 August.

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