The borough is seeking a partner to develop a £1.7 million project to fit energy saving devices to civic buildings and school sites.
The first phase of the RE:FIT Project will see lighting controls, energy-efficient boilers and additional insulation introduced in 11 schools and three corporate buildings to reduce energy use, costs and carbon emissions.
The council is keen to reduce its annual energy expenditure of between £5 million and £6 million by more than £230,000.
Cabinet member for environment Chris Bond, said: "The reality is that energy costs are increasing and we spend an awful lot of money lighting and heating our buildings. We want to minimise our energy usage and RE:FIT will help us achieve that while simultaneously protecting the environment for future generations.
"We've made no secret of the fact that we need to save significant sums of money because of unprecedented government spending cuts.”
The borough estimates the improvements will pay for themselves within seven years, with work expected to start in June next year.
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