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A New Energy Label for Home Appliances

New Energy Label

As technology advances, so does the efficiency of our home appliances. To reflect these improvements and help consumers make better-informed decisions, Europe is introducing a new energy label system starting March 1, 2021. This change aims to spread appliance energy performance across a clearer and broader scale and encourage further energy savings.


Why a New Energy Label?


The current energy labeling system, which has significantly contributed to raising the efficiency of appliances, has led to most products clustering at the top of the efficiency scale. This makes it harder for consumers to discern between the energy efficiencies of top-rated appliances.


The new system aims to redistribute the scale by introducing a simpler A-G classification, making it easier to differentiate products based on their energy consumption.


Key Features of the New Energy Label


QR Code: Each label will feature a QR code that provides instant access to additional product information.


Revised Energy Classes: The familiar A+++ to G scale is being replaced by a more straightforward A-G system.


Clarified Consumption Metrics: The new labels will display energy consumption in a more understandable way, helping consumers to make more informed choices.


Specific Changes Across Appliance Categories



Outdated Labels: Previously, half of the domestic refrigeration appliances could claim the highest energy classes (A+++ or A++), indicating that updates were necessary.


Benefits of New Labeling: The new regulations aim for more realistic energy consumption calculations, which will contribute to significant electricity savings and reduce household electricity expenses.


Washing Machines & Washer Dryers


Lack of Differentiation: Over 55% of washing machines were previously ranked A+++, which complicated product differentiation.


Impact of Changes: Updated labels will include more realistic performance calculations, leading to substantial water and energy savings, and reducing household costs.


Dishwashers


High Efficiency Ratings: More than 60% of dishwashers were rated A+++ and A++, which hindered differentiation.


Advantages of New System: The revised label will ensure more accurate energy and water usage calculations, promoting considerable savings in resources and household expenses.


Transition Period


There is a transition period where both old and new labels might be visible in stores or online. This is to ensure that all products comply with regulatory requirements without causing confusion to consumers. Both labels provide accurate information, but the new labels offer greater detail and clarity about the product’s energy efficiency.


Conclusion


The introduction of the new energy label is a significant step towards increasing appliance efficiency and helping consumers make more environmentally friendly choices. It aligns with broader environmental goals set by manufacturers and governments across Europe and offers practical benefits, including cost savings for households.


For more detailed information on specific appliances and their new energy labels, you can visit the official EU websites or those of appliance manufacturers. This change is not just about new labels but about fostering a more sustainable and informed approach to consumerism.

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