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Green Liberal Democrats

Taking control of electricity bills

October 27, 2011 1:07 PM
By Peter Black in Glamorgan Gazette
Originally published by Peter Black and South Wales West Liberal Democrats

This week is Energy Savings Week and so the Energy Saving Trust has been in the Welsh Assembly. They revealed that the average home in Wales can save up to £280 a year by being more energy efficient.

With the cost of energy bills on the rise there is no better time than now for householders to take back control of their bills.

Everyday items such as TV's and computers are responsible for a staggering 34 per cent of the UK's carbon production.

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

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.

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, so it is important to understand that changes need not be difficult in order to take control of our bills.

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.

More information on Energy Saving Week can be found at www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/wales. That website also contains some top tips on how you can reduce your electricity bills.