Call to reduce energy needsWorld Consumer Rights Day: action on energy

15 March 2006

Which? is joining consumer groups from across the world to highlight the urgent need to tackle the world's energy problems.

Consumer organisations in 113 countries are marking World Consumer Rights Day today by lobbying governments, confronting industry executives and igniting public debate around the issue of sustainable energy.

With experts predicting a 119 per cent increase in global demand for electricity by 2030, there are fears that demand will outstrip supply. Despite this, people are wasting energy - which damages the environment.

Consumers International

Consumers International - a federation of consumer organisations, including Which? - believes governments, industry and consumers must work together for safer, more efficient, and sustainable access to energy.

Richard Lloyd, Director General of Consumers International, said: 'The problems associated with access to energy differ from region to region, but the issue of sustainability effects all consumers.

'Consumers International believes action must be taken on sustainable access to energy to ensure the lights don't go out for future generations. We urge consumers of the world to unite and take action. We have everything to lose if we do not.'

Action on Energy

Which? is marking today by urging UK consumers to focus on saving energy at home.

Jenni Conti, Head of Services Research from Which?, said: 'The Action on Energy day is an opportunity for all of us to take a look at what energy savings we can make at home. Simple steps, such as washing clothes at a lower temperature and not leaving appliances on standby, can make a difference, and as energy prices in the UK continue to rise, such measures can help save money.

'Switching to another energy supplier is another way to save money - consumers who have switched on our Switch with Which? website have saved an average of GBP 160 each year.'

Switch with Which? is Which?'s own energy price comparison website. It helps you choose the best energy provider for your energy usage. The site also includes energy-saving tips.