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11 Jul 2011 04:07:55

Response to Committee on Climate Change's 3rd Annual Report

Leading Yorkshire-based voltage optimisation company VO4HOME have been vocally supportive of the government's legislation and initiatives linked to the sustainability agenda. However, the recently released Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) 3rd Annual Report, which highlights the fact that the UK is failing to act fast enough to cut greenhouse gas emissions and may have to purchase carbon offsets to meet its 2025 targets, gives some cause for concern.

Allied to this is the report that in 2010 the carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere has risen by 2.60 parts per million – more than the average annual increase over the course of the previous 30 years.

"While we agree with the need to address the issues of global warming through carbon and energy reduction and applaud schemes such as the Green Deal – the CCC's report raises serious questions about the pace of change. Many of the funding streams available to homeowners and businesses often involve complex and costly technologies, perhaps the time has come to incorporate simple, but effective approaches to energy reduction, such as voltage optimisation devices, into the equation. A proven technology that takes some 60 minutes to install, but can reduce electricity bills by £90–£150 per annum."

It is estimated that £3 billion of energy is wasted annually. If voltage optimisation products were fitted to the estimated 27 million homes in Britain – the UK as a whole would save between £2.7 and £4 billion a year on energy costs and reduce carbon emissions by 9 to 13.5 million lbs a year.

Perhaps the simplicity of a 60 minute voltage optimisation makeover can help provide a swift, significant and cost effective way of denting the government's carbon budget targets and countering the CCC's concerns," said Geoff Clifton, business development manager at VO4HOME.

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