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energy efficiency loans offered

Energy efficiency loans and grants are being offered to public sector organisations under a new funding scheme from the government.

The loans are aimed at helping local authorities, hospitals and leisure centres cut down on their carbon footprint.

Funding worth a total of £51.5 million has been allocated for the interest-free loans by the government, in partnership with the Carbon Trust and Salix Finance.

Energy minister Joan Ruddock said: "We estimate this fund could help public sector bodies save around £14 million per year in fuel bills.

"Following the announcement of our ambitious carbon budgets, all public sector organisations should lead by example by pioneering ways to reduce carbon emissions. I hope that schools, hospitals and fire stations will look into projects they can undertake and use this funding opportunity."

The loans will be offered for 80 different energy efficiency technologies.

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