Residents to cut electricity costs with energy monitors

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Consumers in Calderdale are being offered the chance to monitor the amount of electricity they consume in a hope that they can cut the cost of their bills.

Residents will be able to pick a free electricity monitor from libraries administered by the local authority.

The devices can be borrowed for up to two weeks, as part of a scheme which aims to make people more energy conscious.

"We often don't realise just how much energy household appliances use and how much they can cost us over the course of a year," said Councillor Amanda Byrne.

"By offering the energy monitors for free to Calderdale households, we hope to help people take simple steps to reduce their energy bills," she added.

Meanwhile, Ofgem is seeking new powers to investigate and fine energy firms that are found guilty of exploiting their customers and over-charging them.

It claims that consumers paid £125 million too much for their electricity in the last financial year.

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