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The old energy label was 1st introduced in 1994. Since then there have been huge improvements in energy saving technology and as a result, over 90% of current products achived a rating of A+ or higher. This has helped consumers save money off their household energy bills every year and has had a positive impact on the enviroment. However, now that nearly all products are concentrated at the top of the scale, the time has come to recalibrate the label.

The UK on the 1st March 2020 has introduced a new energy label. This will spread energy performace over a much wider scale, making it easier for consumers to compare products. It will also set new standards for energy saving in appliances which is hoped will bring further savings for consumers and will help meet enviromental commitments made by manufacturers and goverment.

You may notice technical value differences from the old to the new energy label. These are related to the changes in how these values are now measured in the new test methods.

The New Energy Label for Home Appliances

What’s New?

Examples of the previous label and the new label are shown opposite. The key changes across all product categories are:

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

In addition, there are category specific changes which are outlined below.

There are lots of decisions to make when 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 a consumer’s carbon footprint, but energy efficiency can also help them 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 consumers to compare models when purchasing a new appliance.

​​​​​​​Why The New Label?

In 2020, the UK introduced a new energy label. By spreading energy performance over a much wider scale, consumers will find it easier to compare efficiency across products. Plus, it will also set new standards for energy saving appliances, bringing further savings to consumers as well as meeting environmental commitments set by manufacturers and the Government.​​​​​​

Washing Machine & 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.

Fridge & 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.

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.