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
"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
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
Consumers can see more of Friend's of the Earth's tips at the
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