Swap your lightbulbs for European Sustainable Energy Week

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Milton Keynes Council is taking part in European Sustainable Energy Week with a series of events to highlight how to encourage energy efficiency.

Thanks to Carbon Offset Funding, the council’s Sustainability Team and local energy efficiency body, The National Energy Foundation (NEF), are staging a light bulb swap giving residents the opportunity to trade in their energy thirsty old halogen and tungsten bulbs for longer-lasting, energy and money-saving LED bulbs.

Starting on Monday, June 15, residents are invited to hand over up to ten old halogen GU10 bulbs and up to four standard old tungsten bulbs at any of our libraries and have them replaced with free energy-saving LED equivalents while stocks last. Advisers from the NEF will be on hand on Monday, June 15 at the Central Library to offer advice on a range of energy saving measures in the home.

Cllr Mick Legg, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Participating in this bulb swap is a great step towards reducing your carbon footprint in the home.

“These LED bulbs use about one tenth of the electricity of their old energy thirsty equivalents, enabling homeowners to reduce their electricity bills, as well as reduce carbon dioxide emissions so I urge residents to take advantage of this special offer which is supported by Milton Keynes’ Carbon Offset Fund.”

Other events include:-

Tuesday, June 16 - Throughout June, Milton Keynes Council will be celebrating all things ‘cycling’, including encouraging organisations and employees to join the National Cycle Challenge (www.lovetoride.net/uk).

In light of this, the council’s Transport team will deliver an overview of sustainable travel at a lunchtime event in Civic Offices – all are welcome.

Wednesday, June 17 – Companies employing over 250 people need to know about the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), which will be launched later this year as part of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive – a free workshop is being held in Bletchley to help larger employers understand the new legislation.

Interested companies should book via Eventbrite.

Thursday, June 18 - In conjunction with Npower, schools will hear ways they can reduce their energy bills.

Friday, June 19 - The council’s Environmental Services Team will deliver an update on our innovative initiatives to reduce waste in Milton Keynes at this lunchtime event in Civic Offices open to the public.

For further information visit www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/EUSEW2015. To attend the transport or waste events at Civic Offices please email: carbon@milton-keynes.gov.uk.