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Time to invest in energy efficiency

The attached video shows how better management of our home appliances could cut energy use and reduce household bills with it. Effective energy-saving techniques and technologies are being used to prove that making little changes makes a big difference to our climate and our economy.


If fully implemented, the recently adopted EU energy efficiency policies could lead to financial savings of up to 1 000 euros per household each year while creating up to two million jobs.


Reducing carbon footprints at home is cheap and easy. By installing an electricity monitor, Spaniard Luis Subirana knows where his energy wastage comes from. Aware of the cost of using his appliances, he has changed his habits and is now enjoying both the environmental and financial benefits of his minor efforts. Indeed, Subirana’s household can each year expect to save 15 percent more energy than monitor-less homes.


While cutting energy consumption seems like a mighty task, in the lead up to the EU Sustainable Energy Week and with current events necessitating debate on energy sources, Europeans are being urged to look at how those around them are changing their energy habits and enjoying the economic and lifestyle benefits that follow.


Within the global context, questions on the future and safety of our energy supplies are inevitable. By following the example of individuals, businesses and public bodies who have already embraced modern energy-saving methods and technologies, Europe will be looking at a much cleaner, cheaper and safer tomorrow.


European leaders recognise that sustainable and renewable energy solutions will make the difference in safely reaching the ambitious EU 2020 targets.


The Video News Release “Time to Invest in Energy Efficiency” is available free of charge and of copyright. It features footage, interviews and statistics on the following:




Major global supermarket chain Carrefour has implemented a system of energy saving in a Lyon store that sets an example for other retailers to follow:


“We have economical lighting systems… freezers with special doors [and] a computerised system that controls the lighting, the shop’s bread ovens… and [all this together means] we consume less energy” says Sandrine Mercier of Carrefour.




By installing an electricity monitor made by small European company Efergy, Spaniard Lluis Subirana is now able to see just how his home is using energy and change his behaviour accordingly. Knowing how much power his electric oven used prompted him to think about using it less, having knock-on financial benefits. Efergy says they are “looking forward to continue developing tomorrow’s technologies”.


Public authorities


In Hungary, public funds for housing are being spent on energy-efficient options.  With high-performance insulation, solar heating and new windows, a block of flats emits 50 percent less carbon emissions than before. For the inhabitants, the investment by the housing authority in greener changes has had lifestyle and financial benefits: heating bills have been cut by one-third and the apartments are far more comfortable.


All this material can be downloaded from free of charge and free of copyright.


Note to the Editors


The video feature “Time to Invest in Energy Efficiency” discusses investment in energy efficiency, a key theme of this year's EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), taking place in Brussels on 11-15 April 2011.


In the Energy Efficiency Plan 2011, the European Commission urges all parties involved to accelerate progress towards a 20% reduction in energy consumption by 2020.


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