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Date published: 2007/04/16

The BBC says:

Every household in the UK will be able to request a free device that shows how much electricity is being used in the home at any one particular moment.

Ministers are set to announce the plan in the forthcoming Energy White Paper.

They hope "real-time monitors" will help cut greenhouse gas emissions and the amount of energy wasted by appliances being left on standby.

The government recently committed itself to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 60% from 1990 levels by 2050.

Households in the UK are responsible for about one third of the nation's greenhouse gas emissions, and have been the focus of a number of recent ministerial initiatives to reduce energy consumption.

Well it sounds like a good idea. But how much do these monitors cost and will they work in a useful way, and is the alleged benefit going to outweigh the cost?

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