30 Oct 2007 12:10:21
Energy Saving Trust calls for carbon lowering commitments
The Energy Saving Trust (EST) is calling on people to join in by making a personal commitment to save 20 per cent of the energy they use.
Measures that the EST recommends that you take to lower your carbon footprint include only boiling as much water as you need, turning down your thermostat by a single degree, turning appliances off fully (not leaving them on standby), installing cavity wall insulation, and topping up loft insulation to around 10.5 inches.
As well as this, using energy saving light bulbs and Energy Saving Recommended white goods can have a positive effect.
Those who do choose to commit will be helping the UK towards its goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 20 per cent by 2010. So far more than 150,000 commitments have been made.
By visiting the Energy Saving Trust website you can construct your own widget, choosing which measures you will adopt and adding a photo indicating what specific area you wish to help preserve.
Nearly half the UK''s carbon emissions come from homes and transportation, so consumers really can make a difference.