Energy firms' green light bulbs rapped by councilsCouncils want firms to offer insulation not bulbs

06 May 2009

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Energy companies are dodging their responsibility to help cut fuel bills and are short-changing consumers in the process, according to council leaders.

Utility providers should be doing more to help households reduce their gas and electricity bills, such as insulating lofts and walls, said the Local Government Association (LGA).

The LGA says that energy companies are meeting a commitment to the government to reduce carbon emissions mainly by sending homeowners energy-saving light bulbs. The LGA points out that other measures to curb energy would help more, as consumers have to buy energy saving light bulbs anyway - traditional bulbs are being phased out.

Traditional light bulbs

Major shops stopped selling 100-watt traditional incandescent bulbs in January and other sizes will follow in the next few years as part of an agreement between shops and the UK government. EU law means that all incandescent bulbs must be phased out by 2012.

Over the course of a year, changing four traditional bulbs for energy saving models can save up to £28. Adding insulation to your loft could could save you up to £100 a year on heating costs.

Which? has advice on choosing the right insulation for your home.


Paul Bettison, of the LGA, said: 'The old fashioned light bulb is being phased out anyway, so more and more people are buying energy saving bulbs for themselves. Energy suppliers should be filling our lofts and walls with insulation, not filling our cupboards with light bulbs.'

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