Retailers want a scrappage scheme for household appliances. Do you think the government might also give me a subsidy to replace my hair dryer. It uses lots of electricity...
From the Daily Mail.
Retailers are calling for the car scrappage scheme to be extended to washing machines, fridges and freezers. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) wants families to be given cash incentives to ditch energy-hungry old appliances for greener alternatives.
It said this could be done by removing VAT from energy-efficient machines, delivering a saving of 15 per cent. There are 15million fridges, freezers and washing machines more than ten years old in the country. If they were replaced, carbon dioxide emissions could be reduced by up to 1.3million tons a year by 2020.
New fridge freezers use less than half the energy of 1995 models, while today's washing machines operate effectively at lower temperatures. Modern dishwashers and washing machines also use less water.