David Rees AM encourages Aberavon residents to commit to saving energy and money this Energy Saving Week

Aberavon AM David Rees has teamed up with the Energy Saving Trust to encourage householders to adopt energy saving behaviours during Energy Saving Week (21-26th Oct 2013).

The average home in Wales could save up to £250 a year by being energy efficient.

The five top energy saving behaviours householders are being encouraged to adopt include washing clothes at 30 degrees, taking a five minute shower, checking car tyre pressures regularly, turning down room thermostats by one degree and turning appliances off standby across Energy Saving Week.

As people in Wales face ever increasing energy bills, research from the Energy Saving Trust has found that over a third of Welsh households are worried about how the UK will generate enough energy in just five years’ time.

Duncan McCombie, Director, Energy Saving Trust, Wales, said: “Just a few small changes to day-to-day life can have a profound impact on the amount of energy being consumed and the carbon being produced as a nation.

Energy saving works best when it doesn’t mean huge lifestyle changes. We are all suffering from increasingly hectic lifestyles, and this Energy Saving Week we’re really pushing the concept that a few small changes in your behaviour can make a real difference.”

“For example, the average family in Wales could save between £50 and £90 a year just by remembering to turn things off standby.”

Aberavon AM David Rees, said:  “We are all responsible for contributing to reducing Wales’ carbon footprint. In these economic times, the cash savings that go hand in hand with cutting energy use in households shows that there’s never been a more prudent time to commit to saving energy.

“I’d urge people across Neath Port Talbot to adopt at least one energy saving behaviour this Energy Saving Week in a bid to reduce carbon emissions in their area and save energy and money.”

For more energy saving tips and advice visit the Energy Saving Trust’s website, www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Wales

Editors Notes:

Key Spokespeople available

There are a number of key English and Welsh speaking spokespeople available during Energy Saving Week. Please contact the press team for more information.

About the Energy Saving Trust

Energy Saving Trust gives impartial, accurate and independent advice to households, communities and organisations on how to reduce carbon emissions, reduce fuel bills, use water more sustainably and drive smarter.

Energy Saving Trust works with governments, local authorities, communities, third sector organisations and businesses. Our activities include:

  • delivering or      managing government programmes
  • testing low-carbon      technology
  • certification and      assurance for businesses and consumer goods
  • developing models      and tools to gain further insight into energy efficiency.