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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 May, 2005, 11:22 GMT 12:22 UK
Renewable energy concerns raised
Solar panels on a roof
Householders can slash their energy bills by installing solar panels
One in five Londoners would consider installing wind turbines or solar panels in their homes if they were easier to install, a report says.

The London Assembly report said out of 600 households surveyed, 91% stated that they thought renewable energy is a good idea.

But many Londoners said bureaucracy stopped them installing the systems.

People putting up a micro wind turbine could save 440 a year on power bills, according the assembly's report.

Those with a solar water heating system could save another 50% on water heating bills.

Save London

Darren Johnson, chairman of the London Assembly's environment committee, said: "We have to save London for our future generations and every one of us has a responsibility to ensure this happens.

"Householders produce half of London's carbon dioxide (CO2) which is a shocking statistic."

Besides overcoming bureaucracy and legal difficulties other barriers experienced by Londoners included lack of suitable information and problems with finding installers.

The committee recommended the use of one-stop shops to support homeowners through the installation process.

In another study released by British Gas on Thursday, experts said homeowners could generate their own electricity with a mini version of the turbines used on windfarms.

This could cut electricity bills by up to one third and reduce CO2 emissions by half a tonne each year.

The device will be tested on properties in Scotland and the South West later this year and if successful will be rolled out nationally.

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