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Save 200 a year on energy bills
Monday, 07 Mar 2005 11:02

A typical family fuel bill could be cut by 200 a year by taking simple energy saving steps, Friends of the Earth has said today.

Moreover, as cold weather combines with recent hikes in fuel prices, homeowners are wasting as much as 4.8 billion a year by not installing insulation, Everest has said.

Today, Friends of the Earth and Collins have released their Save cash and save the planet guide, which states that over an entire lifetime an individual could save a total of 80,000 by leading a green lifestyle.

"Being good to the planet can be good for your budget and improve the quality of your life too," said Friends of the Earth executive director Tony Juniper.

"Small steps such as turning down the thermostat, switching to energy efficient light bulbs or driving a fuel efficient car will save cash and help the environment by reducing our impact on climate change," he added.

Friends of the Earth recommends installing energy saving light bulbs, which last around 12 times longer than standard bulbs and use 75 per cent less energy. This could see consumers save 65 over the lifespan of the bulb.

Reducing the thermostat on your boiler to 60 degrees centigrade, rather than add cold water to baths and washing up, could save another 10 a year.

Everest, the home improvement provider, also revealed today that UK households are wasting up to 4.8 billion a year on fuel bills.

Over the last two years gas prices have risen an average of 9.9 per cent a year, with electricity up an average of 7.1 per cent, Everest noted.

But the company adds that homes could save large amounts with double-glazing - which is now as much as three times as efficient as standard windows at keeping in warmth.

Duncan Bland, marketing director at Everest, commented: "With energy prices increasing steadily and with the cold winter kicking in, heating bills are set to increase dramatically.

"But homeowners can save a substantial amount of money on their bills simply by installing correctly fitted quality doors, windows and roofs."

Consumers can see more of Friend's of the Earth's tips at the save cash save planet website


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