Plumb Center launches ‘Sustainability on a Budget’

Plumbers merchant Plumb Center, part of Wolseley UK, is to highlight affordable measures that most households could install to help reduce their utility bills.

The initiative ‘Sustainability on a Budget’ was launched at a Parliamentary reception on October 24 is to help householders with practical, low-cost measures that will make a real difference to the cost of energy in their homes.

The Parliamentary reception was addressed by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Baroness Verma, Plumb Center head of sustainability Tim Pollard, and Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Greg BarkerMP and Laura Sandys MP.

Baroness Verma said: “Britain has some of the oldest and most inefficient building stock in Europe. Consumers pay a high price for our inefficient buildings. We know families are being hit hard by the rising cost of gas and electricity; our inefficient homes are using a lot more energy than they need to.

“Whilst we cannot control world wholesale gas prices, we can help people become aware of what they can do to reduce their energy bills. Around 15 million of the 26 million homes in Britain are not properly insulated, and around 12 million non-condensing boilers remain in UK housing stock. More than half of all households do not have proper heating controls.

“If we are to make sustainable change to the efficiency of our housing stock, it is imperative that individual customers and households change the way they consume energy.

“The plumbing, heating and construction industries are crucial to the success of the Government’s agenda through utilising the opportunities being designed for the market and local businesses. Changing our own behaviours towards a more energy efficient life-style will embed a change necessary for generations to come, and doing nothing is not really a viable option.”

Pollard said: “Plumb Center has been working closely with the Department for Energy and Climate Change to support the development of the Green Deal. This is an important initiative that, with Government and industry working together, will help consumers reduce their bills and carbon footprint.”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

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