A scheme designed to encourage people to switch energy practices on the Scilly Isles on October 6th was only a partial success, it has emerged.
Homeowners, businesses and schools across the five islands were encouraged to turn off all non-essential electrical equipment on E-Day to measure the resulting efficiency impact, but in the end consumption was only reduced by 1.2 per cent, reports the Guardian.
One of the reasons the saving was not higher was due to the Five Islands School on St Mary's Island choosing to bake scones, which elevated the its total consumption.
In contrast, however, one family reduced its consumption by half as a result of not switching on the television and avoiding using the internet for the day.
Matt Prescott, organiser of the event, told the paper why he thought the campaign had not had greater success: "The weather was horrendous, which didn't help. It meant that more people were turning on lights and heating."
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