Following an announcement from the European Commission that energy usage labels on a range of white goods will be updated to help consumers determine which items are most energy-efficient, an expert claimed that people are keen to look for ways to reduce energy consumption.
Alongside white goods, TVs will also have to be rated according to their energy consumption, so that consumers can easily compare energy usage.
Commenting on the development, a spokesperson for the Centre of Alternative Technology, Alex Randell, said that while there is increasing demand for greener home technologies, the emphasis should not be on consuming new products.
"The greenest option usually involves consuming less, buying less and reducing energy demand," he said.
Mr Randell added that consumers should remember that repairing items tends to be a greener option than buying new items.
He argued that despite the drive to improve the ease with which consumers can compare energy usage, there is a need for tighter legislation to cut down on wasting energy.
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