Going greener

PUBLISHED: 09:27 28 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:57 10 June 2010

DEVON County Council s Do It For Devon climate change campaign is to continue to help residents do more to make Devon even greener.

DEVON County Council's Do It For Devon climate change campaign is to continue to help residents do more to make Devon even greener.

The county council executive has praised the campaign.

Councillors heard that Do it For Devon has become a recognised brand which is raising awareness of climate change.

During the campaign, which was launched last April, 335,000 household guides were distributed throughout the county and, as part of DCC's climate change roadshow, 8,500 low energy lightbulbs were given away to people receiving benefits. The bulbs, donated by EDF Energy, offset the cost and carbon content of the campaign.

Councillors agreed to continue to help people reduce their carbon emissions and to tackle fuel poverty by supporting domestic energy efficiency measures that have gained increased Government funding.

DCC is to support the Devon Warm Zones Project which aims to increase the uptake of free or subsidised insulation and heating measures in around 140,000 homes in Devon. Councillor Gordon Hook, DCC's climate change champion, said: "The campaign has been an enormous success and it has made a significant impression on people in Devon and further afield. A lot of work has already been done on insulating homes and fuel poverty but this campaign will bring it all together. This can be of enormous benefit to the health and wellbeing of people in Devon."

Investment in the Devon Warm Zones Project, to be officially launched on Monday, March 31, would allow residents in the county to reduce their annual fuel bills by £300 per household and it would save two tonnes of carbon per household per year; the equivalent of the carbon produced by a small car.

Linda Gilroy MP, who will launch the project, said: "The work done by Warm Zones in Plymouth and Devon to date has been so important in helping with fuel poverty, and this launch of the Devon Warm Zone can only mean more people are helped to deal with their fuel bills.

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