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Budget 2009: Going green

2009 Budget commits millions to environment help

A domestic wind turbine

It’s important to check if a domestic wind turbine is suitable for where you live

Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling today committed the UK to cutting carbon emissions by 34% by 2020.

In what he described as a ‘carbon Budget’, the Chancellor  announced a raft of environment-related measures, and said climate change was ‘one of the biggest challenges the world faces’.

For great tips on making your home and life more environmentally friendly, read the .

Energy efficiency

Mr Darling announced funding of £435m to provide energy efficient improvements for homes and for business and public buildings, saying that saving energy was the easiest and cheapest way to cut carbon emissions.

The Chancellor said that over the last 12 months, the government had helped around 1 million homes improve central heating or insulation.

See the Which? guide to creating a sustainable home for advice on making your home greener and the Which? review of green appliances gives advice about choosing energy efficient products.

Wind power

Offshore power generation will be a priority for the government, with wind farm projects attracting funding of £525m over two years, funded through the renewables obligation.

The power generated by the new wind farms should be enough to meet the electricity needs of up to 3 million households, the Chancellor asserted.

For more information on domestic wind turbines see the Which? guide to wind power.

Green manufacturing

The chancellor also announced that he would be encouraging green manufacturing with £405m of new funding to encourage the use of new technology and invest in small scale projects.

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