New US efficiency rules to cut energy costs by $28bn

US consumers could cut their energy bills by up to $28 billion (£18bn) under new energy efficiency standards proposed by the Government. One of the rules is intended to improve efficiency for commercial refrigeration equipment such as restaurant-size fridges whilst another aims to improve standards for walk-in coolers and freezers such as milk displays in […]

‘Big Brother’ control of home energy use slammed

Plans to control the energy use of appliances in British homes have been criticised for being ‘Big Brother’-esque. The National Grid wants to be able to switch off new appliances such as fridges and freezers remotely via sensors, to avoid power cuts if there is too much demand for the country’s electricity supplies. The technology […]