A consortium of some of Britain's leading retailers has pledged to pull energy wasting products from their lines to help consumers benefit from cheap energy bills.
The group, which includes Comet, John Lewis and Marks & Spencer, agreed to stop selling TVs that consume too much energy as part of their commitment to sustainability.
Launched by Defra and the Energy Saving Trust, the initiative comes a year before new EU regulations come into force, which will make it mandatory to remove the products from shelves.
The worst performing 42-inch TVs currently on sale in stores cost around £75 a year to run, compared to £33 for similar sized energy efficient TVs.
Environment minister Dan Norris commented: "With a World Cup around the corner when we know some people will be thinking of buying a new TV, it's great for them to know that the models sold by these retailers will save them money on their energy bills and help the environment."
The Energy Saving Trust scheme currently endorses the top 20 per cent energy saving products that help consumers reduce bills from their energy suppliers.
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