energy efficiency advice 'should be given by utility firms'

Utilities companies need to do more to encourage consumers to make energy efficient changes to their lifestyles, Gartner has said.

The industry analyst firm explained that people are interested in energy efficient solutions offered by their utilities providers but are unaware of such programmes.

"To meet increased pressure from policy makers who see energy efficiency as the key contributor to national energy independence and a means to mitigate the sector's impact on the environment, utilities must to do more to encourage consumers to take more of an interest in energy efficiency," explained Zarko Sumic, vice-president and distinguished analyst at Gartner.

"Increased pressure for energy efficiency, from policymakers and consumers alike, has caught both regulators and utilities somewhat unprepared."

The comments follow the publication of research from Gartner, which suggested that just 58 per cent of consumers in the UK are aware of energy efficiency schemes offered by their utilities providers.

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