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New EU energy directive comes into force

All 28 member states of the European Union (EU) will be required to comply with a new Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) from today (June 5th).

If they follow the guidelines laid out by the EED, it's hoped all EU nations will fall in line to enable the bloc to hit the energy-saving targets it is aiming to reach by 2020.

One of the key parts of the directive includes introducing measures to achieve major power savings for consumers, with more accurate metering and easy access to real-time data on individual households' consumption contributing towards that.

Furthermore, properties are expected to be brought up to scratch with regards to their own energy efficiency, with schemes like the UK government's Green Deal among those offering financial support to encourage the installation of home improvements like solid wall insulation.

Energy companies are also under an obligation to bring power generation up to date so they are more eco-friendly, while large organisations will be required to carry out an energy audit every four years.

Posted by Helen Hughes