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Energy Saving Week • Monday 25th – Sunday 31th October 2010

Energy Saving International – designer and manufacturer of the award-winning SAVASOCKET Multi-Socket 6™ has pledged its support to the Energy Saving Trust’s Energy Saving Week, which takes place this week.

The theme of this year’s event is ‘control’ and will look at ways people can manage and minimise energy consumption in their own homes to help reduce the environmental impact and CO2 emissions.

According to the EST, appliances and entertainment use almost two-thirds of the power in our homes, and this is where the SAVASOCKET can help. It is estimated that a staggering £900 million of energy is wasted each year by appliances in stand-by mode, that’s two power stations a year constantly running to power the standby need, and an average household has up to 12 gadgets left on standby or charging at any one time.

Installing a SAVASOCKET could help to significantly reduce this, and cut electricity bills by £40 per annum*. This is possible because it has the ability to switch a bank of sockets off at the source by using a standard infrared remote, such as those used for your TV, Video, DVD player/recorder, Sky+ box or Freeview (thus preventing stand-by power waste or vampire draw).

Four of the sockets are turned on or off remotely, the remaining two sockets are used for equipment that is required to be always on (such as an item with a clock or a Sky Box/Freeview).

Materials available from the EST, regarding the forthcoming Energy Saving Week, recommend looking out for products that have the Energy Saving Trust Recommended logo. As the SAVASOCKET has not only met but superceded the strict criteria set by the organisation of using 0.5W in stand-by mode – in fact it uses just 0.19W – it holds this endorsement.

Energy Saving International is encouraging all its customers to do their bit during Energy Saving Week, and will be putting handy energy-saving tips on their web site, Twitter and Facebook pages too. To find out how you can get involved visit: The Energy Saving Trust's website page on Energy Saving Week here.

Energy Saving Trusts's Energy Saving Tips

1. Don't be a Vampire.
Leaving electrical appliances on standby is a real energy drain (sometimes called 'vampire draw'). By installing a standby saver – e.g. the SAVASOCKET Multi-Socket 6™ - you could save up to £40 on your electricity bill and reduce your carbon footprint in the process.

2. Nice and toasty.*
Installing insulation or buying a new boiler can give you significant energy savings and reduce CO2 emissions. Plus there are grants and offers available to people who want to make their homes more efficient.

3. Let there be ‘Eco’ light!
Always remember to switch the lights off when you leave a room, and switch to energy-saving lightbulbs.

4. Wash Day.
Try to fill your washing machine rather than doing half loads as one full load uses less energy than two half loads.

5. Time for a tea break.
An electric kettle is a drain on energy, especially if you boil a full kettle even when you only want enough for one cup.

6. Stop wasting water.*
If everybody in a four person family replaces one bath a week with a 5 minute shower they can save up to £10 a year on energy bills and up to £25 on water bills if they had a water meter.

7. Glaze your home the eco-friendly way.*
If you install energy saving glazing it can save you around £140 per year in heating costs, as well as 720 kilograms of CO2.

8. Reduce, reuse, recycle.*
In the UK, we produce enough waste to fill the Albert Hall every two hours and most of this will end up in landfill sites. By recycling more, preventing food waste and composting at home you can do your bit to help reduce this impact.

9. Energy Efficient Appliances.
You can save yourself £45 a year by replacing a 10 year-old fridge-freezer with a modern, energy efficient A-rated appliance.

10. Put a jumper on.
Turning your central heating thermostat down by just 1°C can save up to 10% on your fuel bills.

* Source: Energy Saving Trust.