Energy suppliers unite to offer fuel saving tipsScheme could save £3 billion on annual fuel bills

19 June 2009

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Britain's big six energy suppliers have joined forces to help customers make their homes more energy efficient.

Together with Act on CO2 - the Government's campaign to cut carbon emissions in the home - energy suppliers hope to help consumers save almost £3 billion on fuel bills annually through energy saving measures.

The deal will see energy suppliers including British Gas, EDF Energy, Eon, Npower, Scottish Power, and Scottish and Southern Energy send energy saving information packs to each of its customers. 

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Energy saving guide

Energy suppliers will send out the guide to millions of homes this summer. It covers three main actions for customers: no cost measures, low cost measures and cost effective measures.

The energy saving booklets also include information on help available to customers through the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) programme, including: free or low cost loft and cavity wall insulation; free energy-saving light bulbs, home energy audits and assistance with improving home appliances.

Ed Miliband, Secretary of State for the Department for Energy and Climate Change, said: 'These booklets will help customers save money, save energy and lower their carbon footprint. If we all take a few simple steps to lower our energy consumption, almost £3 billion could be saved every year in fuel bills in the UK. 

'This would also help in tackling climate change, resulting in 13 million tonnes of CO2 being saved every year.'

Energy saving tips

The booklets highlight a number of simple steps that customers can take to save money on their energy bills and lower their carbon footprint, including:

  • Switching off your TV and computer instead of leaving them on standby could save £30 a year
  • Draught proofing windows and doors could save around £30 per year
  • Boiling only the amount of water you need to could save £25 a year
  • Not using your tumble dryer during warmer months could save £15 a year
  • Switching to energy efficient light bulbs could save £60 per year
  • A 75mm thick hot water cylinder jacket could save around £40 per year

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