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Government to launch £25m public energy-saving campaign

The government is planning a £25m public information campaign in a bid to conserve Britain’s energy supplies.

As families around the country continue to grapple with extortionate food and energy bills, the government is planning to roll out a public information scheme to assist people through the cost of living crisis.

People will be encouraged to turn down boilers, switch off radiators in empty rooms and shower instead of having a bath.

The scheme is to be led by ministers and celebrities via adverts, social media messaging and online tips.

Former prime minister Liz Truss blocked plans for a public information campaign as she was opposed to it, according to The Times, despite being advised it was a good idea by colleagues.

“Planned outages”

In an update on the UK’s state of readiness for the cold months ahead, the National Grid warned of a worst-case scenario in which families and businesses could face planned outages to ensure that the grid does not collapse.

If there were insufficient energy supplies, the system operator said, emergency measures would be “necessary to ensure the overall security and integrity of the electricity system across Great Britain”.

National Grid also warned that gas imports from Europe may be at risk because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, potentially jeopardising Britain’s energy security.

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