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Peter Black encourages South Wales West residents to take back control of their energy bills

October 19, 2011 2:13 PM

South Wales West Liberal Democrat Assembly Member, Peter Black has teamed up with the Energy Saving Trust on behalf of his constituents in Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot and Bridgend that the average home in Wales can save up to £280 a year by being energy efficient.

He sais that with the cost of energy bills on the rise there's no better time than now for householders to take back control of their bills. He urged householders to take advantage of Energy Saving Week between 24th and 28th October 2011 to learn more about the options available to them.

As people in Wales face ever increasing energy bills, Mr. Black was informed that everyday items such as TV's and computers are responsible for a staggering 34 per cent of the UK's carbon production.

He was shown a number of nifty gadgets which can make day-to-day life easier whilst helping to reduce bills. One such item was the Eco Kettle? If everybody in the UK switched to an Energy Saving Trust Recommended kettle, then £270million in electricity could be saved annually.

He was told that other household swaps like switching traditional bulbs for new, energy efficient ones can also make a huge difference. Newer style Energy Saving Trust Recommended bulbs last ten times longer than their predecessor and cost just £2 each, meaning a substantial saving of between £45 and £70 over its lifetime.

Duncan McCombie, Energy Saving Trust director of operations for Wales, said: "It's been a pleasure to team up with Peter Black for Energy Saving Week.

"Just a few small changes to day-to-day life can have a profound impact on the amount of energy being consumed and the carbon being produced as a nation. Energy saving works best when it doesn't mean huge lifestyle changes. We are all suffering from increasingly hectic lifestyles, and this Energy Saving Week we're really pushing the concept that changes needn't be difficult in order to take control of your bills."

Mr. Black added: "We are all responsible for contributing to reducing Wales' carbon footprint. The cash savings that could go hand in hand with cutting energy use in households, means in these economic times, that there's never been a more prudent time to take up these tips.

"I'd urge people across South Wales West to use Energy Saving Week as a kick-start to following a few simple changes in a bid to reduce carbon emissions in their area."

This Energy Saving Week the Energy Saving Trust is offering householders in Wales the chance to win five top energy saving gadgets and an in-home visit from the 'Energy Doctor' who will help identify ways in which the winning home could save money on energy bills. To enter the competition please visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/wales

For more top tips on energy saving go to www.energysavingtrust.org.uk

For further information please contact Natalie Sibbald (natalie.sibbald@est.org.uk) or Lisa Wallace (lisa.wallace@est.org.uk) at Energy Saving Trust on 02920 468340