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DoE TO SEND FIVE MILLION HOMES ENERGY SAVING VOUCHERS

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Five million energy saving voucher books, each with more than£300 worth of discounts and offers are being distribu...
Five million energy saving voucher books, each with more than £300 worth of discounts and offers are being distributed to homeowners as part of a nationwide campaign to encourage greater investment in energy measures in the home.

The books, which are being distributed by the department of the environment throughout October, are offering a range of savings in products and services and represent another step in the department's 'Wasting Energy Cost's the Earth' campaign, launched a year ago.

Properties of more than ten years old where energy savings are expected to be greater, are the main focus for the initiatives, however there are a range of savings which all householders can achieve.

The campaign is being backed up from 28 September, by television advertising encouraging householders to make use of their vouchers. National newspapers will also carry supporting advertising.

Environment secretary, John Gummer, welcomed the strong involvement of the private sector throughout the campaign.

'During the 1993-94 campaign expenditure of nearly £6m was matched by private funding of more than £9m. So far this year campaign expenditure is at £3m, which should generate private funding of at least £16m.'

Mr Gummer stressed that the campaign was an essential element in reducing the unnecessary waste of energy from homes.

'Since a quarter of all CO2 emissions in the UK comes from energy use in the home, the voucher books will make it easier for homeowners to reduce that level.'

'By investing in eight energy saving measures, the average homeowner could save up to £200 off annual fuel bills.'

Included in the campaign is the launch on 2 October of a government-backed subsidy scheme to reduce the nation's electricity consumption by encouraging people to change to energy saving light bulbs.

Under the scheme, which is funded by the UK's electricity industry and co-ordinated by the Energy Saving Trust, more than a million electronic energy saving bulbs will be on sale at all major retailers at around £10.

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