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UK News How the Government is planning to improve energy efficiency in the UK

16:21  05 august  2020
16:21  05 august  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Smart electrical appliances, easily repairable household gadgets and greener ovens are set to become the new standard in energy efficiency,  This is Money can exclusively reveal.

The Government is exploring new standards for efficiency in electrical and gas products, it said, with the aim of helping the environment and saving households money.

The considerations are under way now Britain has left the European Union, with the Government able to set out its own standards rather than having to follow EU regulations.

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It has suggested a number of changes including introducing energy labels that will display the lifetime energy costs at the point of purchase, designed to help consumers shop more responsibly.

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The consultation is part of the Government's pledge to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.

Energy-related products, such as washing machines, lighting equipment and televisions, in total make up approximately 55 per cent of total energy use in the UK, excluding transport.

The Government is asking households and businesses for ideas on new climate friendly standards for electrical appliances to put in place after January 2021, when Britain can alter the current EU regulations in place.

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This includes looking for views on how best to set new standards for electrical and gas products like cookers, light bulbs and heaters so they use less energy and last longer.

The Government said it aims to drive down household carbon emissions and cut energy bills after the end of the UK's Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020.

Kwasi Kwarteng, Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, said: 'After we exit the transition period, we will be able to go even further and faster than the EU to set energy efficiency rules on new appliances.

'Improving energy efficiency standards of the fridges, ovens and washing machines we all rely on will help save consumers money on their energy bills, while helping us meet our zero emissions target by 2050.'

The consultation will explore the potential for setting requirements for smart appliances that can automatically adapt their energy usage in response to signals, such as the price of electricity, to save consumers money.

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Essentially, this means encouraging more advanced appliances that can turn on when electricity prices are lowest and turn off when they're higher.

This tactic is used by some energy firms currently where customers are notified when the price of energy is at its cheapest so they can put a wash on or charge their electric car, for example.

Usually, the prices are at the lowest during the night but this can sometimes change.

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The call for evidence will also cover the five million ovens and hobs sold in the UK every year.

Analysis shows that if the UK raised the minimum energy performance standards for ovens by one energy class, from A to A+, it could stop up to 300,000 tonnes of CO2 being released a year.

"The chance to update and adapt energy product labelling to better suit consumers and wider UK needs could lead to improved overall standards for energy efficiency, as well as more environmentally sound options."
Natalie Hitchens - Which?

Other suggestions include putting energy labels on all appliances that, for example,  display the lifetime energy costs at the point of purchase, helping consumers buy responsibly.

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There is also the possibility of including additional information such as the cost of running a product, how easy it is to repair, re-usability, recyclability as well as durability, helping consumers make more informed choices.

Natalie Hitchins, head of home products and services at consumer group Which?, said: 'The chance to update and adapt energy product labelling to better suit consumers and wider UK needs could lead to improved overall standards for energy efficiency, as well as more environmentally sound options.

'We support the Government's ambition to meet or even exceed the current standards on sustainable design and better labelling, but these changes must make a positive and tangible difference for UK consumers.'

The consultation closes on 4 September 2020 with households and businesses able to put forward their ideas here.

EU regulations in place

A number of EU energy rules have come into effect in the UK over the years.

For example, there was a ban put in place on importing or producing new halogen bulbs in September 2018 after they were deemed to  use much more energy than alternatives such as LEDs or compact fluorescent bulbs.

Similarly, manufacturers were they told they could not make or import vacuums with a motor that exceeds 1,600 watts in September 2014.

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All washing machines made since 2014 that are for sale in the UK must also be rated from A to A+++, with A+++ the most efficient.

Green Homes Grant coming soon

The news comes after Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a new £2billion Green Homes Grant to help homes across England become more energy efficient in his mini-budget last month.

The scheme will allow homeowners and landlords to apply for a voucher that will fund at least two thirds of the cost of hiring tradespeople to upgrade the energy performance of their homes, with more details revealed yesterday.

The vouchers are up to £5,000 per household for most, however, homes with the lowest incomes could get even more money with some being fully funded for changes, up to £10,000 per household, the thresholds of which have not yet been published.

The home improvements will be split into two groups with applicants having to detail what measures they are looking to take in order to get vouchers.

Homeowners and landlords must either need insulation of many varieties, an air source heat pump, a ground source heat pump or solar thermal for the first voucher.

For those who wish to have glazing, energy efficient doors, a hot water tank thermostat or appliance thermostat, hot water tank insulation, smart heating controls, zone controls, thermostatic radiator valves or draught proofing, they can then get vouchers for a secondary energy-saving measure.

Applicants will also have to complete an online application for one of the recommended home improvements, get a quote from a listed supplier and have it approved before getting the voucher to spend.

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