Green Party call for change on Big Energy Saving Week

As events take place to mark Big Energy Saving Week, Medway Green Party says more can be done in the region to reduce energy. 

Big Energy Saving Week is a scheme set up by Citizens Advice, the Energy Saving Trust and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to show people what they could be doing to save energy, and money. 

Kate Belmonte, from the Medway Green Party, says that the cause is of greater importance than the campaign to cut down on plastic, and that more needs to be done in Medway. 

She said: “I would say that that that starts with all the councils and properties in the area, so across Rochester, Strood, Chatham, everywhere. They need to look at the efficiency of those properties.”

The scheme is backed by Business and Energy Secretary Andrea Leadsom, who said: “You’d be surprised at what small steps can make a big difference- both to energy bills and to your contribution to climate change.” 

Research shows that 9.7 million households have not taken steps to change their energy usage, and 87 percent of households think small changes will make like or no difference. 

Big Energy Saving Week also aims to show people the possible financial benefits of reducing their energy usage, and making simples changes in their home. Analysis shows that that turning off appliances rather than leaving them on standby could save households £690 million a year, while turning down a thermostat by one degree could cut 3.3 million tonnes of carbon emissions every year. 

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