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Brady welcomes Energy Saving Week

21 October, 2008 - by Mickey Brady


Speaking as the Energy Saving Trust launched its Advice Centre at Stormont, Sinn Féin's Mickey Brady has called on everyone living to take time out to support Energy Saving Week.

Mr. Brady said,

"Energy Saving Week is a great idea, its aim is to encourage people to reduce their energy use and in doing so save themselves money. It also encourages people to reduce their carbon footprint.

"As the cost of heating our homes is becoming tougher and tougher there is no better time to save energy than now."

Mickey Brady said,

"Energy Saving Week is the perfect opportunity to have a think about how you might be wasting energy in your home and to take a few simple steps to make a difference. Not only will this save you money, particularly at a time when energy costs are so high, but it will also reduce your carbon emissions.

"There are some very easy ways to save energy in your home. For example, only boil as much water as you need when you're making a cup of tea. Also, don't leave electrical appliances on standby or charging unnecessarily, and you could save around £37 a year. Plus, if you use energy saving light bulbs, they last up to ten times longer than ordinary bulbs, and replacing one can save you around £45 over its lifetime.

"At a time when the credit crunch is hitting people in the pocket, reducing your energy usage is the ideal way of saving money and helping the environment."

Mr. Brady continued,

"I also encourage everyone to contact the Energy Saving Trust's Advice Centre, which has just been launched. You can ring them for free on 0800 512 012 to get impartial and practical advice on how you can save energy today." ENDS

Notes to Editors

The Energy Saving Trust's ten simple ways to save energy:

  1. Only boil as much water as you need (but remember to cover the elements if you're using an electric kettle).
  2. Don't leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave appliances on charge unnecessarily. You can save around £37 a year by doing this.
  3. Use energy saving light bulbs, they last up to ten times longer than ordinary bulbs, and replacing one can save you around £45 over its lifetime.
  4. Turn down your thermostat. Reducing your room temperature by 1oC could cut your heating bills by up to 10 per cent.
  5. Washing your clothes at 30 C instead of at higher temperatures uses around 40 per cent less electricity.
  6. Check out the energy saving checklist at: www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/topten put it on your fridge to remind your household to get involved!
  7. Do a free Home Energy Check to see how much money you can save on your annual fuel bill: www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/check it could be up to £340 a year.
  8. If you're looking to replace a household gadget or appliance, compare thousands of products and find the best Energy Saving Recommended option here: www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/compare
  9. Start eco-driving: check your tyre pressure - under-inflated tyres are dangerous and can increase fuel consumption by up to 3%. See: www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/smarterdriving
  10. For lots of other ways to discover your Green/Life Balance during Energy Saving Week visit: www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/balance

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