Monday, 27 July 2009


PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –27TH July 2009 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 079444 71083

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Further cuts in public spending can only lead to job losses in local government, Universities, colleges and the Civil Service. But each of these sectors can cut their energy demand and make savings to help keep people working. Dr Hazel Dawe, Chair of Kent Green Party, makes some suggestions:

“Energy bills can be cut through energy efficiency measures and introducing renewable energy technologies. New working practices can be introduced which cut energy demand. But more steps can be taken which will save jobs in Kent and Medway, including:

“Local government and the Civil Service could allow people to work from home for some of the week to create days when no one is going into a workplace, allowing heating and lighting to be switched off;

“Universities and colleges could start their autumn terms earlier, meaning switching off heating for a longer closure period during the winter;

“Raising insulation standards in existing buildings is a comparatively inexpensive measure which will pay for itself in short periods – and there are government grants available;

“Ensuring that when windows are replaced the new windows have high insulation standards;

“The expansion of Teleworking can be used to reduce the amount of office space actually needed by public enterprises, and therefore their energy costs;

“Support for staff use of private transport can be cut back to an absolute minimum with incentives to use public transport or a bike;
“Solar water heating and solar panels should be introduced as both will cut energy bills.”

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FURTHER INFORMATION: Dr Hazel Dawe, Chair of Kent Green Party, on 01732 355185 or mobile 079444 71083. Contact address as above.

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