Gas and electricity Updated:
New standards for labelling household appliances have been predicted to help consumers save money on electricity bills. The Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) welcomed a new EU ruling, which will see minimum requirements being introduced on goods. Fridges, freezers, televisions and washing machines will have to meet the energy standards in order to be sold in Europe, contributing to a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. And according to Defra, around £150 million will be saved on British customers' energy bills as a result. "I'm delighted that the EU has joined together to save consumers money and help save significant amounts of energy and carbon dioxide emissions by introducing these minimum standards," said minister for sustainability Lord Hunt. Consumer Focus recently found that rising gas and electricity bills have prompted 44 per cent of people to cut back on spending on essential items such as food.
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