The Women’s Institute has taken a break from rating cakes at village fetes to give Brits full marks for using less energy despite the growing economy.
The voluntary organisation was originally formed to encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War.
Marylyn Haines Evans, a leading member of the WI’s governing body, the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) said: “The fact that people across Britain are using energy more efficiently without reducing living standards is really good news at a time of austerity when we are all watching what we spend.”
The WI member who is also an advisory for the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) added: “By cutting energy waste, we’re reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change and building a better future for the next generation, something that is a real priority for many WI members across the country.”
Government statistics released today found people in the UK are using 10% less electricity than five years ago. This is despite the growing economy which would normally inflate electricity use.