LibDem 'Green' policies in action
Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey said: "Thanks to our ECO and Green Deal policies one million energy efficiency measures such as new boilers and insulation have now been installed in less than two years, making homes across the UK warmer and cutting household bills for this Christmas, and every Christmas. The Liberal Democrats put the environment at the top of our agenda. Through our policies, we have ensured that homes are more energy efficient whilst keeping fuel bills to a minimum". Meanwhile a new analysis of government statistics for BBC News shows that the average person in the UK is using 10% less electricity than five years ago. EU standards on household appliances have allowed people to do the same tasks with less energy. That is despite the boom in large TVs, computers, smartphones and tablets. A new A-rated model fridge-freezer saves 73% of energy, compared with its 20-year-old counterpart, according to the trade association AMDEA. That is about £100 a year off a household energy bill. The controversial ban on old-style lamps means an average bulb consumes 29% less electricity in 2013 than in 2008. And LED bulbs look likely to improve the quality of indoor light, as well as reducing electricity demand even further.