The Energy Saving Trust (EST) has launched EST Online to help consumers and tradespeople choose products that come with the organisation’s stamp of approval.
The database is a helpful online resource for anyone wanting to improve energy efficiency in the home to save energy and cut costs on their energy bills when planning renovations extensions and new kitchens.
According to the latest EST consumer attitudes poll UK:Pulse, 73% of people say they are worried about the cost of energy bills and many would choose to install energy saving upgrades to reduce expenditure.
More than two-thirds of owner occupiers (69%) say their home energy use is out of control and 40% said they found it difficult to adequately heat their home.
Tom Lock, Energy Efficiency Certification Manager at the Energy Saving Trust, said:
“We have launched EST Online because we believe that when customers are provided with independent and trusted information about a product they will want to make an informed purchase. We are committed to making sure all products not only meet higher standard requirements but are also independently verified.
“As the trusted and independent experts in energy efficiency, we work with manufacturers to establish, through consultation, an industry-wide product performance standard for their product category. The product register is an online platform EST will build upon with consumers and manufacturers so energy efficiency and claims can be trusted.”
EST Online features all Energy Saving Trust endorsed, listed and verified products, meaning tradespeople are guaranteed to find the right product when researching online. Consumers should look for the new EST brand marks:
Products endorsed by the Energy Saving Trust that meet recommended product and energy performance criteria, agreed by industry. The product types currently endorsed are glazing, boilers, heating controls and chemical inhibitors.
Energy Saving Trust Listed is available for all insulation measures covering cavity wall, loft, external and internal wall insulation, roof and rafter, floor, pipe and hybrid wall insulations, as well as radiator reflector panels.
This highlights how much a consumer could save in energy costs by choosing a particular product.
Product categories include:
Lindsey Taylor at the Energy Saving Trust at Lindsey.Taylor@est.org.uk