Prove you’re green and win £150

WITH all fuel prices set to rise again, the pressure is on to use energy wisely.

That’s why Fenland District Council launched a competition at the Whittlesey Festival on Sunday (September 11) to reward residents who are already proving they’re “keen to be green” by cutting down on the amount of electricity they use.

The competition is open until December 19 to anyone living in Fenland – and there are great cash prizes to be won. Residents are invited to submit six weeks of electricity readings, giving details of any small changes they have made to save energy.

Entrants can use historic readings if they have already made changes, so no one is excluded. There is a first prize of £150 and a second prize of £50 which will be judged based on the amount of energy saved and any actions that people have taken to cut it. A third household will win a home energy audit worth £50.

All the prizes have been donated by British Gas. The prizes will be awarded and the winners’ names published by January 31, 2012.

Councillor Peter Murphy, FDC’s portfolio holder responsible for the environment, said: “We’re encouraging people to save energy whenever and wherever they can. That’s good for them and good for the environment. So why not enter the competition and tell us how you’ve managed to make savings? You could win one of these great prizes – and your tips could help others, as well.”

• To find out how to enter, call Isabel Edgington, FDC’s senior environmental projects officer, on 01354-654321 or email energy@fenland.gov.uk. If you would like to publicise the competition in your workplace, FDC can provide promotional materials.