New energy labelling will save you £150 million a year
Like a good, energy-conscious citizen you'll doubt pay attention to the energy efficiency labelling when buying white goods. Trouble is that nobody's bothered to update them in a decade and the current ratings are massively out of date. That's all about to change though following a new EU ruling which appears to be in no way a pointless bureaucratic pain in the arse.
The new labelling scheme will mean the introduction of new classes beyond the currently most efficient A-grade, such as A-20% (20% more efficient than the current A standard), A-40% (40% more efficient than the current A standard) or A-60% (60% more... well, you can guess the rest).
The new ruling will also see minimum energy efficiency standards and labelling for televisions, meaning that the least efficient televisions will be removed from the EU market and mandatory labelling introduced from mid-2010.
Together the measures are expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the UK by around 2 million tonnes per annum, and create energy savings for consumers of around £150 million per annum. Not each, obviously.