Exeter City Council joins over 1,500 other towns and cities in more than 75 countries world-wide in signing up to Earth Hour 2010, by helping to highlight this special event.
This year, Earth Hour, the global event to raise awareness of climate change, is taking place on Saturday, March 27, between 8.30pm-9.30pm. The initiative, which aims to be the largest mass global action on climate change ever, is asking residents, businesses, organisations and schools around the world to switch off their lights and unnecessary appliances for one hour. This year, the goal is for 1 billion people to take part world-wide.
Last year, over 800 Exeter residents and businesses took part in the initiative by switching off unnecessary lights and appliances in a bid to save energy and reduce carbon emissions.
To save energy further, Exeter residents are invited to take advantage of a range of grants for loft and cavity wall insulation, as part of the Cosy Devon insulation scheme. For a limited period, free loft and cavity wall insulation is available for people aged over 60 and for households on incomes of less than £18,000 and other households can have insulation installed from £99 or £149 for both. In addition, a new Boiler Scrappage Scheme is offering a £400 grant towards the cost of upgrading old energy inefficient boilers with a high efficiency A-rated one or a renewable energy heating technology.
Further information about Earth Hour is available on the Exeter City Council’s website or by telephoning 01392 265669. People wishing to apply for any of the above grants or speak to an energy advisor to obtain free impartial energy efficiency advice, can call the Energy Saving Trust advice line on free phone 0800 512 012.