ENERGY EFFICIENCY LABELS
The EU introduced energy efficiency labels to help Europe reduce its energy consumption and carbon footprint. The Government has predicted that these labels will save the UK’s economy an approximate net amount of £850 million.
Read on to find out more about these labels.
It is now a legal requirement for retailers to display an efficiency label on a range of household appliances. Some of the products that require a label are:
• Washing Machines
• Tumble Dryers
• Electric Ovens
It is now a legal requirement for retailers to display an efficiency label on a range of appliances.
WHAT DO THE LABELS MEAN?
Energy labels may seem confusing at first, but they are simple to understand when you know what everything means.
Each appliance goes through rigorous testing to make sure it meets EU regulations and is then given a rating. The ratings have a grade and a colour so that you can see a summary at a glance.
The colour of each grade runs from green, the best, to red, the worst. And, the grades range from A+++, most efficient, through to G, least efficient. When the energy efficiency label was first introduced, it only ran from A – G. But as technology has improved, appliances have become more efficient, so the higher ratings have been introduced for the best models.
Because so many products are now rated A+ and above, these high rankings will be phased out for the following products:
• Washing Machines
The new system will use the original A – G rankings to make it simpler to understand.
As well as the grade, the label displays other useful information. For example, the label for a washing machine shows noise levels, water consumption, and drum capacity.
On each appliance, you’ll also see the total annual energy consumption. However, you do need to bear in mind that the actual consumption does depend on your specific usage.
EU regulations set the standards for energy efficiency. For example, washing machines must now have a rating of A or above. So, even if you pick an appliance with the lowest grading (within regulations), you can still be confident that it will be fairly efficient.
You may also see a few models with lower grades for sale, which were made before the new regulations were introduced.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Although the energy efficiency label gives you a good idea about your appliance’s energy consumption, it can also be slightly misleading.
For example, similar appliances could have the same energy efficiency rating, but it doesn’t mean that they’ll use the same amount of energy – we’ll go into this further later in the guide.
Something else to consider is that the product may have been tested in a way that isn’t similar to how you’ll use it. The EU test washing machines on full and partial 60°C cotton loads, and a 40°C partial cotton load, but, you probably won’t use a 60°C cycle that often. As a result, the figure could be higher than you would expect.
As well as the grade, the label displays other useful information.