BATTEN DOWN THE
HATCHES...SURVEY FINDS HALF OF US WOULD BANK OUR ENERGY SAVINGS
MORE than 5 times as many
North West householders say they would bank the money saved from
greening their home as would implement more energy saving measures.
That is the finding of a new study, released to mark the start of
this yearís Energy Saving Week, running over 24 October to 28 October
2011, by the Energy
Saving Trust, the independent body set up to help householders
reduce their energy bills and combat climate change.
A survey of 2,024 householders in Great Britain carried out by ICM
Research for the Energy Saving Trust asked respondents what they
would do with £400 that they had saved by implementing energy saving
measures at home.
With recent reports showing that
energy bills have almost doubled since 2004 as a share of household
income, 50% of respondents in the North West said they would save
the money. 8% North West householders said they would reinvest
the money in additional energy efficiency measures, while slightly
more (11%) said they would purchase new consumer appliances and
gadgets such as a large flat screen TV, washing machine or
However, if everyone in the North West put their £400 saving towards
additional energy efficiency measures, they would collectively save
£217m on their annual fuel bills Ė enough money to power the entire
city of Manchester for more than 5 years Ė and prevent 960,000
tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere every year.
The theme of this yearís Energy Saving Week is "take back
control of your bills" and the Trust sees the survey findings as a
warning sign that people are choosing to save money rather than cut
their carbon emissions as the UK faces tough times ahead.
Philip Sellwood, chief executive of the Energy Saving Trust, said:-
"We are currently in austere times so itís no surprise that
householders in the North West are trying to make every penny count.
But we are missing a trick by choosing to bank our cash from energy
saving measures or spending the money saved on more gadgets. If we
chose to reinvest the money saved in further greening our homes we
could make even bigger savings in the face of rising energy costs.
Thatís why weíre calling on all householders in the North West to
use Energy Saving Week to take back control of your bills. Our
message is that saving money and cutting your carbon emissions are
not mutually exclusive. In terms of short and long-term cost savings
there are a range of energy saving measures you can take in your
home, and a raft of help and support out there to help you along the
19% of North Westerners surveyed said they are more interested in
increasing their comfort levels by, for example, leaving their
heating on for longer rather than maximising their fuel bill
savings. Economists call this the "rebound effect": when
people implement energy saving measures in the home and then use
more electricity on gadgets and the like, effectively undoing all
their good work.
Sellwood added:- "A good example is getting your house
insulated but then not turning your thermostat down. In these
challenging economic times it is important to remember to take
control of your fuel bills and maximise your fuel savings."
The survey also found that 67% of North West householders want to
use gadgets and household appliances as efficiently as possible in a
bid to save money on their fuel bill. But when buying
household appliances or gadgets 57% said the main factor is price
with just 9% being influenced by the cost to run. And 75% of North
West householders do not know how much it costs to power a 45 inch
plasma TV for the year.
Sellwood added:- "The survey shows what we already know: that
North Westerners have a genuine desire to use less energy and save
money. With energy bills set to continue rising as a proportion of
household income until at least 2015, one key way of helping your
household budget is making your home more efficient and thatís what
Energy Saving Week is all about."
The need for domestic electricity use to be reduced was highlighted
earlier this month with the release of the Energy Saving Trustís
Elephant in the Living Room report. It revealed that in 2009 the
average British household contained a staggering t3 and a-half
times as many gadgets and appliances as it did in 1990.
It also predicted that the UK will miss its 2020 target of a 34%
reduction in domestic appliance electricity carbon emissions from
1990 levels by up to 7 million tonnes unless we change how we
consume energy in the home.
Reminder About A Spooky Children's
IN just a few hours of us
putting tickets online, we have sold our quota for what is going to
be a fantastic event at a new local attraction called the ĎBridge
Inn Community Farmí, on the edge of Formby. The farm
is hosting a Halloween event aimed at children, aged 6 to 11. Its
few remaining tickets are selling out very fast, so don't be slow,
get your ticket today! The event will be an interactive night of
spooky Halloween fun at the farm with a creepy tour, with surprises
along the way, followed by games and with lots of prizes for the
scariest costumes..! The event is designed to accommodate children
with disabilities and learning issues as well. The farm is located
at Moss Side, Formby, Merseyside,
L37 0AF. The Spooky Tours being
at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm. Tickets are £6 (Advance £5). Booking is
essential as spaces are limited. To book call:- 01704 830 303 or
call:- 07805 439 766. Some of the spooky fun will be provided by:-
Gambolling Arena Theatre Company, who are locally based. The
remaining tickets are available from the Farm and a limited number
available from Formby Books, in Derbyshires.
Stats for October 2011
CRIME in Merseyside has
continued to fall for the 5th year in a row with 5,323 fewer victims
in the latest 12 month period (July 2010 to June 2011).
Statistics released by the Home Office show an overall reduction of
5.1% in reported incidents compared to a national average of 4%.
Since 2005/06, there has been a 43% fall in overall crime and the
latest official government figures show the Force has achieved
significant reductions in acquisitive crime and violence while
encouraging greater reporting by victims of sexual offences.
Assistant Chief Constable Helen King, said:- "I am pleased to
report that crime has again fallen here on Merseyside which means
that fewer people have been victims and our towns and city remain
safe places to live in, work and visit.
For the past five years we have seen continual reductions amounting
to almost 75,000 fewer offences since 2005 and we remain committed
to doing all we can to provide the best possible policing service to
the people of Merseyside.
Acquisitive crimes such as car crime, robbery and house burglaries
are down and it is pleasing to see from the British Crime Survey
that people agree that the police and partners such as councils are
dealing with crime and anti-social behaviour and other local
Liverpool is an incredibly vibrant and popular city for visitors be
it day-trippers or people coming for a night out and tackling theft,
which has unfortunately risen slightly, remains a priority for our
dedicated city centre team.
We will continue to take firm action against offenders and provide a
reassuring presence in the city centre and our other towns but
people can also play their part by keeping belongings such as
purses, wallets, phones and cameras safe and secure. They can also
register their valuables on a national online database so that the
police can reunite stolen possessions with their rightful owners."
Following the formation in 2010 of a dedicated rape investigation
'Unity' team in which specialist detectives work alongside expert
CPS lawyers to build cases, the number of sexual offences reported
to the police has continued to rise.
ACC King said:- "Although we recognise the devastating impact
a sexual offence can have on the victim we are encouraged by this
continued increased as we do not want victims to suffer in silence.
Sexual offences have historically been vastly under-reported in the
UK but by providing a dedicated support service to victims, we are
seeing more cases reach court and more offenders prosecuted.
This in turn builds confidence in other victims who see justice
being done and are courageous enough to tell the police what has
happened to them.
Our approach with Unity, where specialist detectives and prosecutors
work together in the same team to build cases against offenders, has
achieved improved conviction rates and is highly regarded by other
police forces. We also work closely with agencies that support
victims of sexual assault so that forensic evidence and information
about offenders is shared.
All of these achievements are testament to the dedication and
commitment of our officers and staff and the work we do with our
partners and communities. However we are not complacent and will
keep striving to provide an excellent police service to the people
Chairman of Merseyside Police Authority, Cllr Bill Weightman, said:-
"Crime continues to fall in Merseyside faster than the average
across England and Wales, which is great news for our local
Itís also a major achievement for Merseyside Police, especially
considering the current financial climate, and is evidence that
decisions taken by the police authority have cushioned the impact on
It is recognised, however, that the financial cuts being faced now
and in the future will result in difficult and challenging decisions
which will have an impact on the frontline.
In relation to the number of sexual offences in Merseyside, in 2010
Merseyside Police Authority invested in the rape investigation unit,
Unity, as itís vital victims feel able to report such dreadful
crimes and that specialists within Merseyside Police work with
others to improve conviction rates."
2 Men Arrested After Firearms
Incident in Norris Green
MERSEYSIDE Police have
confirm that 2 men, aged 20, have been arrested in connection with
the firearms incident in Norris Green on Monday, 24 October 2011.
Officers were called to Whinhowe
Road just before 12pm on Monday, 24 October 2011, after receiving
reports that shots had been fired by 2 males on a scrambler bike at
moving white Ford Transit van. There have been no
reports of anyone being injured during the incident.
Detective Chief Superintendent
Tony Doherty, from Merseyside Police's Matrix team, said:-
"This was an extremely reckless act that could have seen people
injured or even killed. The offenders showed a dangerous disregard
for not only the occupants of the van but also for members of the
public who were in the area at the time. The offenders who carried
out this attack need to be caught and I urge members of the
community with any information that could help us with our
investigation to come forward."
Both the bike and the van left the
scene following the incident. 1 of the men was arrested on Monday,
24 October 2011 and the other on Tuesday, 25 October 2011.
Both had been arrested on
suspicion of causing criminal damage with intent.
Anyone with any information is
asked to call Merseyside Police's Matrix team on:- 0151 777 5699, or
Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.