Mayor is told to cut down on his home lighting bills

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Pupils from Ousedale School have inspected the home of the Mayor of Milton Keynes to help him become more energy-efficient and reduce his fuel bills.

As part of the National Energy Foundation’s Energy Envoys scheme, the students from received energy awareness training from Knowlhill-based National Energy Foundation,

They learned how to carry out energy assessments in readiness for visiting Councillor Keith McLean’s house in Emberton.

The Energy Envoys’ visit included an interview with the Mayor and an energy audit of his house.

The students inspected his lighting, heating system and electrical appliances, and looked at how his family used energy in their home.

After giving the house a thorough examination, the Energy Envoys presented their tips, advising the mayor on how he could improve his energy use and save money on his fuel bills.

In particular, he was advised to replace the energy-guzzling halogen downlighters in his kitchen/diner with LED light bulbs, which use up to 85% less energy than filament bulbs.

National Energy Foundation Energy Specialist Sandra Hayes presented Councillor McLean with an official Energy Performance Certificate, which indicates how energy-efficient his house is.

After the visit Councillor McLean said:“Young people are crucial to our energy future – not just in the buildings around them today but as

future energy buyers, users and decision-makers. It’s vital that young people learn to understand energy and how we use it.

“The Energy Envoys scheme is a fantastic idea. I’m delighted to support Energy Envoys in Milton Keynes and to demonstrate how we can all take simple steps to reduce how much energy we use, and save money on our energy bills.

“Thanks to Energy Envoys, I’m looking forward to changing to LED bulbs and making my home more energy-efficient.”