B&Q’S “CUT THE VAT CAMPAIGN” GETS GOVERNMENT THINKING

Green (Living) Review

The UK’s largest home improvement and garden center retailer, believes energy saving should be affordable for all and found 95 per cent of its customers agreed when surveyed that reducing VAT would encourage them to buy energy efficient products.

Make a difference!

The Green Changemakers

Get your friends involved Offset your Travel Re-use Recycle Insulate Use the “Off” switch Control Temperature Efficiently Drive smart and walk more Buy energy efficient products Plant a tree Don’t use a Screensaver Use Less Water Encourage others to conserve.

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Tax Breaks for Energy Efficient Homes

Environmental News Network

offer tax breaks for home improvements that make homes more energy efficient. As part of the fiscal cliff deal stipulated on President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, homeowners will receive Federal tax credits for eligible renewable and energy efficiency improvements.

Recession sets off great interest in efficiency

Green (Living) Review

According to a new survey from The Shelton Group, 71% of people considered buying energy efficient products "to save money" in comparison to 55% who said it was "to protect the environment." Then consumers who were buying or considering to buy energy efficient products said they did so because of their concern for the environment. In this setting the recession could be good for the environment and those that produce such energy efficient products.

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B&Q launches petition and cuts the VAT on energy monitors permanently

Green (Living) Review

B&Q believes energy saving should be affordable for all and when surveyed, 95 per cent of its customers agreed that reducing VAT would encourage them to buy energy efficient products. B&Q has evidence that price reductions through VAT cuts drives up sales of energy saving products like insulation and light bulbs. Examples include solar panels and insulation materials.

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Brits still not switched on to energy saving, new study shows

Green (Living) Review

According to a new study, while 94% of us say we want to become more energy efficient, only 37% of us currently rate ourselves as such – and it’s the basics that are still eluding us. And when it comes to other forms of insulation the same is the case.

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Global Warming Solutions

The Green Changemakers

We need to drive smarter cars, save money with energy efficient homes and offices, and build better communities and transportation networks. DRIVE SMARTER CARS Choose an efficient vehicle: High-mileage cars such as hybrids and plug-in hybrids use less gas and save money. Sealing drafts and making sure that your home has adequate insulation are two easy ways to become more energy-efficient. Buy energy-efficient appliances.

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