Firms set for Big Switch Off
January 30, 2009
Businesses and other organisations are urged to join the Big Switch Off this weekend.
The energy saving scheme encourages workers to turn off computers, printers and heaters this evening before they leave work. Doors and windows should be closed and blinds pulled down to help save energy.
Reading Borough Council, which is leading the campaign, will compare gas and electricity use from previous weekends. A similar event two years ago saw a 22 per cent saving in electricity in the Civic Offices.
Kyocera Mita and Reading 107fm are supporting the campaign by broadcasting energy saving tips.
Paul Gittings, lead councillor for environment and sustainability, said: “This is a painless way of making financial saving as well as leading the way in combating climate change.”
Businesses which have signed up include the Evening Post, funeral director AB Walker, Babcock Infrastructure Services in Caversham, BBC Monitoring in Caversham, Coffey International Development in the town centre, Designation in Queens Road, the Environment Agency, George Hotel in Kings Street, Hicks Baker in Castle Street, Holiday Inn in South Reading, Kyocera Mita in Whitley, Novotel in Friar Street, Reading Borough Council, Thales Research and Technology (UK) Ltd in Whitley and Unison in Church Street, Reading.