"Save cash and go green for free" urges local MP

April 21, 2009 6:43 PM

Tom Brake, Member of Parliament for Carshalton and Wallington, is urging his constituents today to save money from their household gas and electric bills and reduce their carbon emissions by taking up the energy efficiency measures that energy companies in the UK offer.

Following The Carbon Emissions Target Programme agreed in September 2008 between the government and major energy suppliers, energy suppliers are committed to improving the energy efficiency levels of much of the UK's housing stock to the tune of £3bn.

Through this scheme, many vulnerable people have access to free energy efficiency measures but are not taking them up. Yet with £1 in every £4 spent on heating an un-insulated home being wasted, insulation can save you cash and help tackle climate change.

Many major energy companies offer free insulation to anyone over the age of 70 or on income or disability-related benefits.

Tom Brake MP said :

"The best way for people to cut their energy bills is to use less energy. The simplest way to cut energy use is to make our homes more energy efficient. The energy companies are committed to insulating cavity walls for their vulnerable customers for free. Local people should take advantage of this, particularly during these financially difficult times. Insulation will save money and the environment.

"People should contact their energy provider and ask for details of their energy efficiency programmes."

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