The eco products that are best avoided

The top ten 'eco products' that are actually increasing your energy use and annual bills

Thinking of investing in eco products to help you save money, as well as save the planet? Think again. A new report released by Which? magazine has revealed the eco products that could actually be costing you more.

The consumer group has identified ten products in its report that they believe do not offer you worthwhile savings and, in fact, are probably best avoided.

One of the worse offenders was the Ecotek Energy Wizard. The voltage optimisation device, which plugs into any socket in the home claims to reduce your annual electricity bill by around 10 per cent.

However, Which? disclosed that the product was not worth its £25 price tag. ‘Our lab test showed it didn’t reduce the power used and actually increased it when it was linked to a plasma TV, a hi-fi or an energy-saving light bulb.’

Other malfunctioning products included the Mira Eco Shower Head, which although does reduce your water flow by 30-40%, was said to provide only a trickle of water when used by those without high water pressure, The Stormguard window insulation kit also proved to be unreliable and inconvenient.

‘For the product to truly make a difference in terms of carbon savings, it will need to save more carbon when in use than it consumes during its production and disposal,’ says energy expert Sylvia Baron.

Which? instead has recommended more reliable and simple ways to cut your outgoings. They include installing efficient loft and wall insulation to save heat, and simply having shorter showers, or manually lessening the flow of water from your shower head to save water.

Do you use any eco products to reduce your energy use? Or do you think they are a waste of money? Let us know in the comments box below.

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