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EU energy efficiency rules come into force

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A new set of energy efficiency measures which aim to reduce household energy bills in the European Union (EU) by more than 40 euros ($48.39) per year became effective.

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The measures, agreed by all EU governments and strongly endorsed by industry, consumer groups and green campaigners, will also help reduce Europe's energy consumption and benefit the environment.

Under the new rules, many household electrical devices including routers, hubs, modems, smart televisions and printers will be able to switch automatically into a low power standby mode if no main task is performed. The new rules also require the energy label using equal standards in online shopping, making it easier for consumers to make comparisons on energy efficiency class wherever they shop.

By 2020, consumers using energy efficient products in their homes could save around 400 euros annually per household, according to the EU.

The new measures have been welcomed by the leading European Consumer Organisation (BEUC). BEUC Director General Monique Goyens believes improving the energy consumption levels of everyday consumer products is the right approach to contribute some relief to consumers from increasing energy bills.

"With purchases increasingly moving online it makes perfect sense for shoppers to have a useful energy label at their disposal to compare products," she said.

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