Energy Secretary Ed Davey has teamed up with a major retailer to trial new labels that show consumers the potential savings they could make by buying energy efficient electrical appliances.
It is hoped that these labels, found on on washing machines, tumble dryers and washer dryers, will encourage people to purchase energy efficient machines and benefit from long-term savings.
Consumers ‘can save £500 on the costs of running an appliance’
The government said that the purchase of an energy-efficient washing machine, for example, could save homeowners in the region of £500 on energy costs throughout its lifetime.
Mr Davey said that in the past, people have simply been oblivious to what it costs to run any of their appliances.
“Now consumers will be able to see clear, simple information on the lifetime electricity costs for appliances like washing machines and tumble dryers. This will help people to make better, more informed decisions and see how much an appliance is expected to cost over its lifetime,” he added.
Volunteers to help people switch energy providers
In addition to this move, Davey also unveiled a new project that will see volunteers trained to offer assistance to consumers across the nation that will ultimately help them lower what they pay for gas and electricity.
He said that around 500 people will be trained through the Energy Saving Network to help with passing on knowledge to people about comparing and switching their energy providers.