The New Energy Label For Home Appliances

Energy efficiency is becoming progressively more important to us as a society. Therefore, it is time to say goodbye to the old energy rating labels. This change has the consumer in mind, making it easier for everyone to understand how eco-friendly our beloved household appliances are.There are lots of decisions to make when you’re purchasing a new appliance, such as size, brand, and colour. However, energy efficiency is a hot topic, and it’s an important factor that should be considered. Not only will it reduce your carbon footprint, but energy efficiency can also help you save money.

Since the energy label was introduced, there have been significant improvements in energy saving technology. This meant that all new products were being given the top rating for efficiency. As a result, the label has been recalibrated to make it easier for you to compare models when purchasing a new appliance.

Why Have Energy Ratings Changed?

Energy labels were originally introduced back in the '90s to make people aware of how efficient an appliance was. It wasn’t long until technology caught up, causing them to be updated to include three new energy classes back in 2011.

The A+, A++ and A+++ were extremely common. Over 90% of products were within this range, causing extreme confusion when people were looking to purchase something new.

In recent years, it became incredibly clear that this scale no longer worked, with the least efficient products being A and A+ rated as opposed to C and D rated. The conflict here was that many consumers believed that just because they were A or A+ rated, that they were some of the most efficient appliances on the market. This just wasn’t the case.

In fact, under the new energy rating scale, products that were once classified as A+++ in 2020, are now likely rated B or C. A++ is now classified as D or E, and A+ will find themselves F or G rated. This varies from product to product, along with product type.

By spreading energy performance over a much wider scale, you will find it easier to compare efficiency across products. Plus, it will also set new standards for energy-saving appliances, bringing further savings to you as well as meeting environmental commitments set by manufacturers and the Government.

What’s Changed?

The main change is the new scale. All labels will run from A to G, whereas old labels ran between A+++ to D. This will apply to refrigerators, washing machines, washer-dryers, wine coolers and dishwashers to begin with.

  • QR Code - Providing instant access to product information
  • New Energy Classes - A simple A-G energy classification system
  • Simpler Consumption Usage - An easier way to understand energy consumption measurements

Each new label now shows a QR code in the top right-hand corner which you can view using your phone. This allows you to find out more information about that appliance and its energy rating.

There are redesigned icons – changing depending on the appliance type, to make it simpler to understand the products features and their efficiency.

For example, new dishwasher label measurements feature energy consumption based on Eco mode per 100 cycles (rather than per annum). They also show the water consumption measured per cycle and the overall duration of the Eco cycle.

The final change is that the Union Jack will now show rather than the EU flag to represent the UK leaving the EU.

Why Do the Ratings Seem So Low?

Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean your household appliances are any less efficient than before, they are just rated slightly different. The new label system also makes it much harder for appliances to be A or B rated, meaning that these categories on our site and many others will seem bare to begin with.

This will motivate brands and inventors to create new appliances which are more eco-friendly than ever before. Understandably, the new system has much stricter requirements to avoid changes to the scale within the near future.

Inevitably, in today’s constantly changing world, the top energy classes will fill up once again in the coming years. Another rescaling will then take place.

Category Specific Labels

 DISHWASHER    

Fridges & Freezers

Half of domestic refrigeration appliances placed on the market in 2014 could claim one of the top two energy ratings (A++ or A+++).

How will the changes help?

  • Fairer Rules - Which will be enforced through more realistic calculations.
  • Energy Saving - 10TWh of electricity per year by 2030.
  • Household Savings - European households will save an average of €100 in electricity over the lifetime of their new fridge or freezer.

Washing Machines & Washer Dryers

More than 55% of washing machines placed on the EU market are ranked A+++ on the label, making it difficult to differentiate between products.

How will the changes help?

  • Fairer Rules - Which will be enforced through more realistic calculations.
  • Water Saving - 711 million m3 of water by 2030.
  • Energy Saving - 2.5TWh of electricity per year by 2030.
  • Household Savings - European households will save an average of €130 in electricity over the lifetime of their new washing machine.

Dishwashers

More than 60% of dishwashers placed on the EU market ranked A+++ or A++ on the label, making it difficult to differentiate between products.

How will the changes help?

  • Fairer Rules - Which will be enforced through more realistic calculations.
  • Water Saving - 16 million m3 of water by 2030.
  • Energy Saving - 2.1TWh of electricity per year by 2030.
  • Household Savings - European households will save an average of €60 in electricity over the lifetime of their new dishwasher.

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