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The European Energy Label

The European Energy Label

All European manufacturers and retailers must tell you about the energy efficiency of certain household electrical appliances such as fridges, washing machines, dishwashers, ovens and light bulbs.

One of the main aims of the EU Energy Label is to help householders make informed decisions about the purchase of energy-consuming appliances.

The label provides clear and easily recognisable information about the energy consumption and performance of products and must be attached visibly to new appliances displayed for sale. An important part of an energy label is the energy efficiency rating scale, which provides a simple index of the product’s efficiency from ‘A’ (the most efficient) to ‘G’ (the least efficient).

The energy consumption figure shows you the units of electricity use in kWh to allow comparisons between models.

The new A+ and A++ ratings for fridges and freezers

Since July 2004 the existing energy efficiency rating category of A for household fridges and freezer appliances has been divided into 3 new categories (A, A+ and A++).

The A+ and A++ fridges and freezers present exceptional energy efficiency levels – all are at least
25% more efficient than basic Class A models. Some A++ models are as much as 60% better in terms of their efficiency.

The new A+ and A++ categories are displayed on the existing EU energy labels affixed to appliances displayed for sale.

[to be added shortly] Move your mouse over areas of the label on the left to learn more about each part of the label.



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