People choosing to switch energy practices by buying efficient household products may be disappointed to hear that some items may lack the efficiency credentials they claim.
According to testing from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, a range of light bulbs carried no efficiency labelling on the packets despite a legal obligation to provide it, while 16 of 24 washer driers failed to meet their stated efficiency levels.
A spokesman for British Eco Energy said that pursuing higher energy efficiency ratings can help manufacturers stay ahead of the competition as more consumers become environmentally-aware.
Environment minister Dan Norris said: "When people buy a new household appliance, they need to be confident that if it says it is energy-efficient, it will live up to those standards."
In contrast to the testing performed on washer driers, only one of the 24 ovens tested failed to perform in accordance with its energy efficiency rating.
Modern white goods are generally more energy-efficient than older models and could be a suitable investment for homeowners looking to compare energy rates.
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