UK energy regulator Ofgem is inviting firms to take part in a GBP9.75 million trial to determine how much consumers cut their energy consumption when they have access to better information.

The trials will be co-funded by the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The project will seek to provide more information on how devices, such as smart meters or separate display units, can help customers cut down on their energy consumption.

Ofgem’s pilot should provide accurate data which can then be used by the government, Ofgem and the industry.