13:49 Monday 21 October 2013

Campaign could help you reduce your energy bills

Written byJORDAN DAY

Peter Bates, managing director of The 80percent Company Peter Bates, managing director of The 80percent Company

An energy company has launched a new campaign in a bid to help local residents reduce their bills.

As national energy companies start to hike their charges, Ely-based firm The 80percent Company, is spearheading a new Local Energy Action campaign.

The campaign is encouraging people to switch energy companies, to become ‘energy champions’ and is offering free online energy assessments to help show people where they can make a difference.

“Although David Cameron is quite right in encouraging householders to switch energy companies – this does not really help in reducing overall energy demand,” said Peter Bates, managing director of The 80percent Company.

“Individual householders and local communities can do something about reducing energy demand and even reduce their own energy costs by thinking and acting locally.

“Switching is only one of a number of actions householders can take – but they must also look at their own homes and help their neighbours become aware of what energy saving improvements can be made.”

Peter says homeowners and businesses should be looking at where they may be losing heat from their properties, whether it be through walls, windows or lofts.

He said: “Once you have stopped heat leaking out of the property, then there is a need to look at the home heating system – particularly if mains gas is not available. As oil prices continue to rise, alterative renewable heating systems have become more viable – like air or ground source heat pumps or a biomass boiler. The Government is particularly keen to encourage the use of such systems and starting from spring 2014 will pay householders for the amount of hot water that is produced from these systems.”

The business is encouraging people to become ‘energy champions - people who promote energy efficiency in the local community.

He said: “Savvy householders will already be aware of many ways to reduce energy costs – but it is they that are the energy champions – that need to go out into their communities and including schools and workplaces to raise awareness amongst fellow householders that something can be done about rising energy bills and that it does not necessarily need to lead to an increase in fuel poverty.”

For a free online assessment or more information, call (01353) 667973 or visit www.80pc.co.uk.

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