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New web app helps consumers cut energy bills

A free web app will now allow consumers to compare and choose the most energy-efficient home appliances and cut energy bills. A consortium of NGOs has launched a new web app, known as PocketWatt, that tells consumers how much an appliance costs to run, enabling them to compare both the running costs and the energy savings of similar models.

The tool covers refrigerators and freezers, washing machines and driers, dishwashers and air conditioners. It is currently available in the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK. Consumers can access the app via the PocketWatt website and use their smartphones’ camera to scan the QR code on a selected product both online and in-store.

The groups said in a statement that the app will enable them make comparisons between models, identifying the best option for their household and lifestyle. The aim is to encourage consumers to buy more energy-efficient appliances, and make the energy label easier to understand and more readily available, they said.

Energy efficient appliances help cut carbon emissions by preventing wasteful energy use. These appliances also help consumers cut their energy bills, performing the same services such as cleaning clothes and dishes, but doing so with a lot less energy.