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Energy efficiency to cut fuel poverty

Energy efficiency measures which help households cut their energy bills are to be implemented across the Head of Valleys area of south Wales.

Last week, Leighton Andrews, deputy minister for regeneration, announced the creation of the programme which will see 65,000 homes assessed for energy efficiency.

The 15 year programme is aimed at reducing fuel poverty, by cutting energy bills and the proportion of a household's income it takes to pay them, and child poverty.

According to Mr Andrews, 40,000 microgeneration units or equivalent will be installed, which will lead to the greatest concentration of the devices in the EU.

Energy bills will be cut by at least £1.7 million, while carbon emissions will drop by at least 139,200 tonnes a year.

Mr Andrews added: "The Low Carbon initiative has the potential to create real benefits for communities in the Heads of the Valleys. Energy costs have a disproportionate impact on household income in deprived areas and less money spent on fuel bills means more money available to spend in the local economy."

One simple way of cutting fuel use and energy bills is by turning down the thermostat by one degree.

According to the Committee on Climate Change people have turned up their thermostats by about six decrees centigrade since 1970.

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