Ken Votes No On Patio Heaters

By london_alice Last edited 133 months ago
Ken Votes No On Patio Heaters


Ken Livingstone has joined the anti-patio heaters brigade, which is sad news for all the smokers that will be huddled outside pub doors after the 1st July smoking ban. While he doesn't have the power to actually ban the heaters, he feels very strongly about their use and has urged retailers not to promote them.

Environmental group Friends of the Earth called for the ban of the heaters earlier this month, and garden centre chain Wyevale decided to stop selling them in April. While patio heaters do generate carbon emissions, leaving televisions on standby is responsible for 37 times more CO2 emissions in the UK.

So, before you get your knickers in a twist over the devastating effects of patio heaters, better make sure you're turning all your electrical appliances completely off and turn off the lights before you leave the house. We're sure Ken is very aware of his carbon footprint, and never boils a full kettle when making himself a cup of tea.

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Last Updated 21 June 2007


if you're too cold put a jumper on, it ain't difficult *winkyface*


These things are awful. If you're directly under them they cook your brain. If you're not, all they do is make you feel like one side of your face is in a toaster.

Edwin Lyons

37 times more... Per minute? Its a kind of pointless statistic without any idea what is being measured...


37 times more from TV's on standby? Hmmmmm I'd guess there are rather more TV's than patio heaters about.