Report shows our spiralling electricity useage

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UK households own three-and-a-half times as many home appliances and gadgets as 20 years ago, according to a new report from the Energy Saving Trust and our love of electrical gadgets could see the UK miss its carbon emission reduction targets for domestic appliance electricity use by as much as seven million tonnes. The Trust runs a UK-wide labelling programme which tests appliances on strict criteria and rewards the most energy efficient models.
EST’s report reveals that the UK will miss its 2020 target of a 34 per cent reduction in domestic appliance electricity carbon emissions from 1990 levels by up to seven million tonnes unless we ramp up our efforts now. If every household in the UK replaced just their old fridge freezer, washing machine and dishwasher with the most efficient Energy Saving Trust Recommended models, they could collectively save £585M on their fuel bills, and prevent two million tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere – enough to fill Wembley Stadium 257 times!

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