AEG and Ecotricity Sign Energy Efficiency Deal

The two firms are set to give away energy-saving kits.

AEG and Ecotricity have confirmed they have joined forces for a major new energy efficiency drive that will see the firms give away thousands of energy-saving kits to households.

The companies announced that from this month, consumers who buy appliance from the new AEG ÖKO laundry range are to be given a free energy kit, which is designed to save more than 650 kWh of energy per year.

Ecotricity founder Dale Vince stated that the two companies have proven themselves to be at the forefront of utilising technology to support sustainability. He said: “Energy efficiency through the use of technology will save you money and also help save the environment. But it’s only half the story – where your energy comes from is the other half.”

As Ecotricity supplies customers with 100 per cent green electricity, this has helped it to freeze the cost of energy for consumers for the last two years, as the cost of renewables does not fluctuate by as much as wholesale gas and electricity tends to.

AEG’s parent firm Electrolux has announced a new target to halve its 2005 CO2 impact by 2020 and the new energy-saving deal is a part of its commitment to that goal. Peter Spencer, Electrolux general manager in the UK and Ireland, stated that the company will reduce energy usage across its production processes, as well as for its customers through market leading energy efficient appliances.

He said: “Our position at the forefront of technology for sustainability gives us a strong synergy with Ecotricity. Together we can build on our core values in cutting energy consumption which benefits both the environment and reduces our customers’ energy costs.”


Energy Bills Are Future Election Battleground

Energy bills look set to be one of the major battlegrounds of next year’s general election, with Labour leader Ed Miliband having pledged to freeze prices for over a year if he wins the vote. However, critics of the plan noted it does not include any provision for heating oil users and some commentators suggested a price freeze could lead to blackouts.

Trust has also been slipping between the public and energy companies and recent research found that 13 million homes up and down the country are in credit to their supplier by an average of £86, while more than 250,000 households could reclaim more than £500 from their provider.

A Which? study in November last year found trust in energy firms hit a new low, with record numbers of people saying they are very worried about the rising cost of energy.


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