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British consumers planning to make a switch of energy supplier may find their efforts are complemented by new regulations on electrical products.

Ministers have plans to make it compulsory for manufacturers to offer details on how much it costs to run appliances – such as washing machines and fridges – for a year, reported the Daily Mail.

White goods and other household tools will be among the objects hit by the rules, bringing their makers into line with car firms, which have to release data on eco-friendliness.

Chris Huhne, energy secretary, will today tell the manufacturing industry: "Our energy meters today couldn't be dumber. Every few months we will get a bill with no idea what we've paid to use and usually even the amount is only an estimate."

The regulations could be particularly beneficial to owners of old houses, after Malcolm Harrison, an independent property industry expert, this week suggested they are harder to turn green.

Posted by Anne Yevel

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