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Energy labeling



Energy Labeling IMGWith so many labels on electrical appliances it can be confusing to work out what they all mean, what is reliable and what is a marketing gimmick by a manufacturer or retailer.  So we’ve explained what the energy labels mean. 

What is it? The familiar EU Energy label, rates products from A (the most efficient) to G (the least efficient) and is required by European law to be displayed at the point of sale on the following products:

  • Washing machines, washer-dryers
  • tumble dryers
  • Fridges, freezers and fridge freezers
  • Dishwashers
  • Electric ovens
  • Energy-saving light bulbs
  • Air conditioners

Fridges and freezers have two additional ratings A+ and A++. And, to make it more confusing, from end 2011, new A+, A++ and A+++ energy ratings for fridges, washing machines and dishwashers will be compulsory for all new models on the market.

How is it awarded? Appliances are graded on their energy consumption in kWh* (units of energy used per hour). So the less kWh used, the more efficient the appliance.Manufacturers are required to self-certify products based on EU criteria set for each product type.