25 October 2004 – The UK government said today that millions of people could save money on fuel bills and help cut harmful greenhouse gases by joining a big energy-saving ‘turn off’ campaign. The comments came at the start of an Energy Efficiency Week initiative that it was launching.
Environment ministers Elliot Morley and Larry Whitty joined a nationwide call to action at the start of Energy Efficiency Week (25-31 October), a campaign to raise awareness of the damage that wasting energy does to our climate.
The Department for The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is spending more than £260m ($475m) on sustainable energy measures in 2004-2005, and gives Energy Efficiency Week’s organisers, the Energy Saving Trust, £25m a year.
Environment Minister Elliot Morley, at the launch of Energy Efficiency Week today (25 October), announced £3m extra for a winter campaign by the Energy Saving Trust to promote the Energy Efficiency Commitment under which electricity and gas suppliers help domestic customers to save energy through measures such as insulation.
New research from the Energy Saving Trust and UK Climate Change Impact Programme shows a clear link between climate change and how we use energy in the home.
Simple steps such as not leaving TVs and videos on standby, switching off lights in unused rooms, switching to energy-saving light bulbs and turning down the central heating by one degree not only save money but play a part in efforts to curb carbon emissions which contribute to climate change.
To mark Energy Efficiency Week, Sustainable Energy Minister Larry Whitty will visit an energy efficiency project refurbishing a five-storey townhouse in the heart of London where new boilers, insulation, glazing, lighting and solar-powered water heating will cut the household’s fuel bills by more than £2000 a year (more than 60 per cent) and cut carbon emissions by more than two-thirds.
Defra unveiled a new energy-efficiency action plan earlier this year to boost efforts to tackle climate change and to save consumers more than £3bn on their energy bills by 2010. The government aims to cut carbon emissions by an extra 12 million tonnes through energy efficiency within the next six years.