EU Energy Labels and energy efficiency rating
Designed to help consumers assess the energy efficiency rating of new appliances, EU Energy Labels were created to help consumers choose products that use less energy, meaning less CO2 emissions and lower bills for the consumer.
Graded with letters A-G and a gradient going from green to red, the most energy efficient product is dark green and ‘A+++’ rated, while the least efficient appliances are labelled red and rated ‘F’ or ‘G’.
Which appliances come with EU energy labels?
By law, the EU Energy Label should appear on the following products:
- Washing machines
- Tumble dryers
- Fridges and freezers
- Electric ovens
- Air conditioners
- Light bulbs
In the future products including boilers, water heaters and vacuum cleaners will also be included.
What else does the EU Energy Label say?
In addition to the efficiency of a product, EU Energy Labels may also display other statistics related to a product’s performance. These include things like; washing performance, noise levels, size and water consumption, depending on the type of appliance.