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Few people ‘planning to reduce carbon emissions’

Many feel they've done all they can already

Fewer than one in three people are planning to reduce their carbon emissions over the next year despite the drive to conserve energy, according to a new report.

A survey of 1,000 adults by energy company Powergen showed that almost two thirds feel they’ve done all they can to reduce carbon emissions.

More than half said it was too expensive to be greener and a similar number don’t know where to start.

The company published a list of energy efficiency measures people could take, including turning off lights and electrical appliances when not in use, filling kettles with less water and turning down the heating.

Climate change

The Scots are the most worried about climate change and they are the most active when it comes to changing behaviour, while Welsh people are least likely to be doing anything to reduce their carbon footprint, according to the report.

Nick Horler, Managing Director of Powergen Retail, said: ‘Our research shows that homeowners are starting to get the message about how simple changes in behaviour can be effective at reducing bills and carbon emissions.

‘But as a nation we mustn’t become complacent.’

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