CELEBRITY Nell McAndrew is calling on Huddersfield families to get energy-fit by trimming down their power bills.
The move comes as the town’s households were rated the sixth worst in the country for high energy consumption.
Now the model and presenter – who still has relatives in Huddersfield – has teamed up with energy company E.on to encourage families to go green.
Nell is on the lookout for ten families from across the country to take part in a competition to lower their power bills.
The families will take part in a 12-week plan aimed at reducing the amount of energy their households use.
Those who reduce their bills the most will win a £1,000 cash prize.
The campaign has also opened Nell’s eyes to the importance of energy efficiency.
The fitness enthusiast, who is mum to three-year-old son Devon, said: “It is really good being involved because I’m learning different ways to reduce my own bills and be more energy efficient.
“Things like turning off the lights when you leave the room and setting the washing machine to 30°C.
“My son is always mucky, but it seems to get things clean and I actually think it helps clothes last longer on a more gentle wash.
“Devon really likes to get involved too. We live in an apartment in London at the moment and the bathroom doesn’t have any windows, so he is always turning the light on and off.
“Using a laptop also uses less energy, turning your central heating down slightly and changing your lightbulbs to energy-efficiency ones all make such big differences too.”
Nell, who is married to Huddersfield businessman Paul Hardcastle, is also keen to grow her own vegetables.
She added: “We’ve not got a garden at the moment, but we’re trying to grow carrots and sweetcorn on the balcony.
“We’ve not tried them yet, so I don’t know just how successful we’ve been.
“But Devon really loves planting and seeing things grow.
“I would really love to have an allotment where we could grow our own things one day.
“More people are going that way and it is great to know where your food comes from.”
A study of E.on customers revealed those in Huddersfield had the sixth highest consumption in the country – well above Leeds, Bradford and Sheffield.
Sutton Coldfield was rated the worst at number one, while London was rated 25th.
Beverley Maguire, E.on’s energy fitness coach, said: “There’s a common misconception that saving energy requires a lot of time and effort.
“But the reality is that getting energy fit can be quick, easy and fun, especially when you get the family involved.
“Just turning your central heating down by 1°C, which you won’t even notice, will help families see a 10% reduction in their bills.
“People can make huge savings.”
Anyone interested in entering the E.on Energy Fit Watt Watcher Challenge should see www.eonenergyfit.com/wattwatchers before 29 August 2010.