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Products ditched for energy week
Mary Wiliam is giving up her daily intake of toast for the week
To demonstrate their commitment to energy saving, members of a women's group are giving up some of their much loved electrical products for a week.

Hair straighteners, hairdryers and toasters are some of the items being ditched by Merched y Wawr members.

To mark Energy Saving Week, the women of Bro Radyr branch in Cardiff will put away their chosen items for seven days.

The week focuses on how individuals can make a difference by reducing their carbon dioxide emissions.

By taking small actions such as these - we can all make a real difference to climate change
Helen Northmore, Energy Saving Trust in Wales

One Merched y Wawr member taking part in the scheme, Mary Wiliam from St Fagans, decided to hand over her toaster to the Energy Saving Trust for the week.

"I eat a lot of toast - for breakfast, for lunch and I have a slice last thing at night before I go to bed," Mrs Wiliam said.

"So the toaster is an important appliance."

"I thought long and hard about the electrical things in the house - the oven, the freezer, the fridge, the dryer and washing machine - but it's the toaster I decided to give up."

Also helping to mark the week, which starts on 22 October, is Environment Minister Jane Davidson, who offered her support to the Radyr group.

Helen Northmore, head of the Energy Saving Trust in Wales said: "It's fantastic that Merched y Wawr and the minister are offering their support to the week in such a dedicated way.

"It shows real commitment to the future of energy saving, which is something we as individuals need to all realise is our responsibility.

"By taking small actions such as these - we can all make a real difference to climate change," Ms Northmore added.

Environmentally generous

The trust said that their research revealed people in Wales spent more on energy saving light bulbs in the last twelve months, compared to other regions of the UK.

In addition, it said they were also the most environmentally generous, with one in 10 people donating money to environmental charities.

The trust aims to cut carbon dioxide emissions by promoting the sustainable and efficient use of energy.

The UK government has a target to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 20% by 2010.

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