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Tumble Dryers

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will provide installation grants to promote the use of gas-powered domestic tumble dryers. (91544)

Support for energy efficiency in households is available through a number of routes. Details of grants and offers for energy efficiency measures in a particular area are available, by postcode, on the website of the Energy Saving Trust (EST) at: www.est.org.uk/myhome/efficientproducts/. The EST is funded by my Department to promote and support energy efficiency in the household sector.

The EST also runs a network of Energy Efficiency Advice Centres, which provide advice to consumers to help them to assess their energy use and refer them to any available grants. These include offers by energy suppliers, who are required to meet targets under the Energy Efficiency Commitment for the promotion of improvements in household energy efficiency, and grants from local authorities for local residents to install energy efficiency measures in their home.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the carbon emissions of (a) electrically-powered domestic tumble dryers and (b) gas-powered domestic tumble dryers. (91545)

The Government’s Market Transformation Programme estimates that, on average, an electrically-powered domestic tumble dryer emits 277 grams of carbon each time it is used, and a gas-powered domestic tumble dryer emits 140 grams of carbon each time it is used.