London,
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October
2009
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Save money and the planet - all in one week

SAVE money and the environment this month by finding out how simple energy-saving tips can slash utility bills.

At a stall in Ridley Road market on 23 October residents will be able to find out from Hackney Council how to save energy and cut fuel bill costs, as part of national Energy Saving Week (19-25 October).

Cllr Sophie Linden, Cabinet Member for Customer Services and Sustainability, said: “Hackney Council is committed to helping make the borough the greenest in London. There are lots of simple steps we can take to save energy, which saves money as well as helping to protect the environment.”

Handy tips include:

• avoid leaving appliances such as computers and cordless phones on stand by or charging when not in use

• turning a heating thermostat down 1°C can save up to 10% of an annual heating bill,

• turn off the lights in unoccupied rooms

• try to avoid opening windows when the heating is on

Hackney produces an estimated 950,000 tonnes of CO2 per year - if residents adopted these measures at home potentially 15,000 tonnes of CO2 could be saved annually.

Hackney Homes will be welcoming over residents aged over 55 to a Winter Warmer event at Ocean, Mare Street, on 23 October 2-6pm. Enjoy tasty hot soups on arrival and be treated to free fleecy winter woollies to keep warm. There will be lots of information on saving energy and money, and services for over 55s in Hackney. For more information contact Hackney Homes on 020 8356 3528.

Hackney Council continues to implement measures to make the borough a greener and cleaner place:

Hackney’s bin lorries are among the greenest in the country.

Improving recycling services – from October residents will be able to recycle Tetra paks and almost all plastic materials. Recycling saves the energy needed to manufacture new items. Recycling one bottle saves enough energy to power a 100 watt light bulb for an hour.

Promoting sustainable transport – parking is free for electric and other green vehicles. The Council actively campaigns for improved public transport and to encourage cycling and walking.

For more information, visit www.hackney.gov.uk/recycling or contact 020 8356 6688.