24 October 2005
Barrett signs up for energy saving week
John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, has today pledged to do his bit for Energy Saving Week which kicks off today. Mr Barrett has signed a pledge card promising to cut carbon emissions from his constituency office by 20% in line with the latest campaign from the Energy Saving Trust (EST).
Energy Saving Week is a week-long nation wide campaign run by the EST encouraging people to cut down on energy use. This year the campaign is encouraging people to sign a pledge card promising to reduce their energy usage by 20% over the coming year.
Following an ‘energy check’ carried out by EST at John’s constituency office, up-right electric heaters have now been replaced with a modern, energy efficient gas central heating system.
John Barrett said:
“Energy Saving Week is a fantastic idea that will make a big contribution in terms of raising awareness of the practical every-day things people can do to help save the environment and save money at the same time.
“Switching from electric heaters to gas in our constituency office has cut our energy use and carbon emissions by an estimated 37% and will save the office around £700 a year.
“If everyone cuts their own energy consumption by 20% it would go a long way towards meeting our targets on carbon emissions. Throughout this week I will be encouraging my constituents across Edinburgh to contact the Energy Efficiency Advice Centre free on 0800 512 012 and find out what they can do to get involved.
“Although this initiative will only last a week, it will hopefully start good habits, for example turning off electrical devices when they are not needed. There are things we can all do to help cut our emissions and protect the environment. It makes sense, environmentally and financially.”
· Energy Saving Week is run by the Energy Saving Trust (EST) to raise awareness of the human impact on climate change and encourage people to cut down on home energy use. This year Energy Saving Trust (EST) are encouraging people to sign a pledge card promising to reduce their own emissions and energy usage by 20% over the coming year in order to help meet UK emissions targets.
· The Energy Efficiency Advice Centre (EEAC) provides free impartial expert advice on energy efficiency. As well as providing advice on behavioural changes people can make to reduce their energy use, the EEAC advises on grants available to the public that can assist householders to install a number of energy efficiency measures. They can be contacted free on 0800 512 012
· Results of Energy Check at 1A Drum Brae Constituency Office as follows
Estimated running costs: £1155/year
Carbon emissions: 6.7 tonnes/year
Gas Central Heating
Estimated running costs: £324/year
Carbon emissions: 4.2 tonnes/year
(6.7 - 4.2) / 6.7 = 0.37 therefore 37% drop in emissions