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Energy efficiency

Energy suppliers work closely with Government and stakeholders to offer consumers opportunities to be more energy efficient.

Energy efficiency is essential to help consumers reduce their energy consumption and improve the comfort of their homes. It is also central to achieving the UK’s commitment to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050, relative to 1990 levels.

Energy suppliers have an obligation to deliver energy efficient measures to householders via the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO). ECO was introduced in Great Britain at the beginning of 2013 and replaces two previous energy efficiency programmes, the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) and the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP).

There are a number of measures that can help improve energy efficiency at home, from double glazing and insulation to efficient light bulbs.

Customers can take small steps to save energy, such as purchasing energy-efficient appliances, ensuring appliances are not left on stand-by, using energy efficiency light bulbs, and insulating walls. Different homes might need different forms of insulation – be it loft insulation, cavity wall insulation and solid wall insulation, depending on how the property is built, but insulation can notably reduce all heating bills.

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