Gas and electricity bills at hospital shoot up

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Gas and electricity bills at York Hospital have shown a rapid increase in the past year, according to reports.

The York Press highlights that energy bills for the building have risen by almost 50 per cent and in 2007/08 York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust paid some £1.75 million to power its three sites.

Bills are expected to increase this financial year to around £2.6 million.

Speaking to the publication, Alison Hughes, director of strategy and facilities for the trust, says that the hospital is aiming to cut costs by becoming more energy efficient.

"We are taking steps to improve our energy efficiency, including using low energy bulbs and improving the insulation of the steam pipes that supply the radiators," she adds.

Last week, it was reported that Cambridgeshire county council's bill for street lighting has almost doubled in the space of a year.

A report in the Hunts Post stated that the bill for lighting the region's streets hit £1.14 million during 2008.

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