Green choice seen as more costlyWhich? shows how green can mean cheaper

09 April 2009

Changing a low energy light bulb

Switching to energy-saving light bulbs will save you energy and money

Price is the key barrier to living in a more environmentally friendly way, according to a consumer panel.

The Consumer First Panel is a group of 100 energy customers formed to advise the energy watchdog about the main challenges facing them when considering greener options.

Affordability topped the list, with the consumers saying they couldn’t imagine making large scale changes without support from the government. But the group also highlighted a need for more information and support for consumers about energy efficiency and how to make the right choices.

Green can mean cheaper

Which? research has found that some appliances can help you save money in the long term by being cheaper to run – even if the initial cost is higher.

We recently found that a £290 Beko fridge freezer cost £150 to run over five years – compared with a £250 Proline fridge freezer costing £235 to run over the same time. Our guide to energy saving appliances can help you cut your energy bills.

Smaller, more everyday changes you can make will also make a difference – such as using energy saving lightbulbs.

Lizzy Payne, senior researcher at Which? said: ‘Switching four traditional light bulbs for energy saving ones could save you up to £28 a year.’

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