Hundreds sign up to help the environment

PUBLISHED: 10:15 22 November 2007 | UPDATED: 13:04 04 May 2010

MORE than 500 people in East Cambridgeshire have pledged to reduce their carbon footprint by 20 per cent at Energy Advice Roadshows across the area. Workers at stalls outside Co-operative food stores in East Cambs encouraged residents to turn down their w

MORE than 500 people in East Cambridgeshire have pledged to reduce their carbon footprint by 20 per cent at Energy Advice Roadshows across the area.

Workers at stalls outside Co-operative food stores in East Cambs encouraged residents to turn down their washing machine to 30 degrees, and to leave their car at home for short journeys.

Those who visited the stalls also pledged to only boil as much water as is needed in their kettles and vowed to turn their central heating down by one degree.

Each person who made the commitment was given a free energy saving light bulb, which could save as much as £60 in its lifetime.

Katarina McCartney, home energy conservation officer at East Cambs District Council, said, "We had a great turnout from members of the public throughout the week who had loads of questions on how to be more energy efficient and reduce their carbon footprint."

"Hopefully, the answers they got will make it easier for them to conserve energy in their homes.

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