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John Lewis will trial product labels which show how much it costs to run household appliances as part of efforts to boost energy efficiency, the Government has announced.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) said the UK could save the amount of energy generated by 22 power stations by 2020 through cost-effective measures that make homes and businesses more energy efficient.

A new energy efficiency strategy published by Decc includes a product-labelling trial with John Lewis to show consumers how much money it will cost to run a household appliance over its lifetime.

A similar experiment in Norway showing the information on lifetime running costs led consumers to buy more energy efficient goods.

The strategy will also see £39 million from the Research Councils UK and project partners go to fund five centres to examine business and household energy demand, and look at how to change behaviour.

And along with a guide to help public sector organisations cut their energy use, the Government will fund a nationwide roll-out of the Mayor of London’s RE:FIT programme to improve public sector energy efficiency.

Ministers said the energy efficiency sector in the UK already accounted for 136,000 jobs, had sales worth £17.6 billion last year and has grown by more than 4% a year since 2007/2008.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said the Government had put efficiency at the heart of its energy strategy.

He added: “Using energy more wisely is absolutely vital in a world of increased pressure on resources and rising prices.

“Not only can energy efficiency help save money on bills and cut emissions, it can support green jobs, innovation and enterprise.”

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