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1 March 2006

Barrett urges energy saving measures as energy price hikes start to bite

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, has today urged residents across Edinburgh to do their bit to cut down on energy usage in response to today’s Scottish Power energy price hikes.

Scottish Power last month announced 15% rises for gas and 8% for electricity. The increases will come into force from today (1st March). The increases are estimated to take the average energy bill up to £856 per year according to independent switching comparison service, uSwitch.com.

John Barrett said:

“With today’s energy price hikes it is more important than ever that we are all aware of the small things we can do to cut energy usage, save money, and tackle climate change at the same time.

“At the moment, we waste the equivalent of around two power stations' worth of electricity each year by leaving TV sets and other gadgets on ‘standby’. Even turning down the thermostat on your central heating by just one degree could save almost ten per cent on your heating bill and will save about 240kg of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere.

“These are simple and effective things that every one of us can do in our own homes that will, collectively, add up to a real difference. It makes sense, environmentally and financially.

“I will be encouraging my constituents across Edinburgh to contact the Energy Efficiency Advice Centre on 0800 512 012 for free advice on the best ways to cut energy bills and carbon emissions.”

Notes

· 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.

· More information on today’s price rises at www.uswitch.com.

· John Barrett will soon be launching a major new Environmental campaign aimed at raising awareness of the practical every-day things people can do to help save the environment and save money at the same time. Details to follow.

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