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Save Energy Save Money 24 October 2005

    Energy costs are likely to be a concern to many people on the Island this winter.

    The Council of Ministers Sub-Committee on Energy Policy, chaired by John Rimington MHK, is currently considering many issues related to energy use including ways in which consumers can be supported with information and advice on cutting their energy consumption and save money. To this end the Committee has asked the Office of Fair Trading to produce a leaflet titled Save Energy Save Money for distribution across the Island.

    The leaflet contains advice on reducing household consumption of energy, how to be a good neighbour to older people, who to contact for financial help for energy efficient home improvements and contact details of other organisations both within and outside of Government who can provide consumers with both information and support.

    A copy of the leaflet will be delivered to consumer's doors with the Isle of Man Courier dated 10th November. Anyone who does not receive a leaflet can get one from the Isle of Man Office of Fair Trading, Lord Street, Douglas, telephone 686500 or from the Department of Local Government and the Environment, Murray House, Mount Havelock, Douglas, telephone 685955. Copies of the leaflet can also be obtained from the Information Centre on the OFT's website www.gov.im/oft

    Chairman Mr Rimington, commenting on the leaflet, said

    "The Committee is keen to arm consumers with information to help reduce their energy bills over the winter. There is a considerable amount that people can do to reduce consumption and there is a great deal of help and advice available on the Island. My own Department, the Department of Local Government and the Environment, have just enhanced the grant scheme for energy efficiency home improvements. The leaflet brings all of this information together so people should find it easier to identify what they can do and who they can talk to."

    24th October 2005

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