- Financial incentives will also be offered to firms and individuals that install more efficient equipment, such as better freezers in supermarkets.
- Firms could also be paid to commit to permanent reductions in their electricity use, and an obligation on energy firms to help secure efficiencies extended to cover business premises.
- Better labelling of products and an awards scheme to highlight firms that use only highly-efficient products are also included in the consultation.
- Officials said any new measures would have to be carefully worked out to avoid undermining any of the existing schemes, such as the Green Deal.
It is the Government's long awaited light bulb moment. The Energy Bill published today envisages changes that would reach into our lives.
By 2020 we will be paying nearly £100 a year more for energy. But whether bills will come down again afterwards is still in dispute.
The coalition will announce plans on updating the energy infrastructure of pylons and power stations, and cutting our reliance on carbon.