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Minister supports drive for greater energy efficiency

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Environment Minister Edwin Poots today marked the beginning of Energy Saving Trust’s Energy Saving Week by appealing to people to rethink how they use energy.

The aim of Energy Saving Week, which runs all this week, is to encourage consumers to tackle energy wastage and to demonstrate how significant financial and other savings can be made by reducing their energy consumption.

Mr Poots welcomed the initiative and added: "I would ask everyone over the next week to think about how they use energy and take a few simple steps to reduce energy wastage around the home and when travelling. Hopefully people will see how easy this is and will continue to take actions into the future.

"By ensuring that your home is well insulated, that heating and other electrical equipment is operating efficiently and switched off when not in use, and by travelling more sustainably, you can avoid wasting energy needlessly. In doing so, you can not only save money but also do your bit to help protect the environment."

Patrick Thompson, Advice Manager for the Energy Saving Trust in Northern Ireland added: "In the current economic climate there is no better time to save energy than right now. Furthermore it is clear, not only from our research, but also from the tens of thousands of calls that come into our Energy Saving Trust advice centre every year, that there is growing concern about the long-term effects of our energy use on the environment.

"A simple, free call to 0800 512 012 can help you on your way to stop wasting energy today."

Notes to editors:

1. The Energy Saving Trust promotes the efficient use of energy and a more low carbon lifestyle. The Energy Saving Trust, through its Northern Ireland ‘One-Stop-Shop’ advice centre, provides free and impartial advice to consumers on saving energy, domestic renewables, greener transport and waste reduction.

2. All media inquiries should be directed to the Department of the Environment Press Office on 028 9054 0003. Out of office hours please contact the duty press officer via pager number 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned