Why do the labels exist?
To help consumers choose energy efficiency products to reduce carbon & improve manufacturer to consumer transparency
What products have the labels?
Refrigerators, freezers and fridge-freezers, Washing machines, Electric tumble dryers, Combined washer-dryers, Dishwashers, Lamps (light bulbs), Electric ovens, Air conditioners, Televisions (from the end of 2012)
What was it previously?
Previous scale was A+++, A++, A+, A, B, C & D.
Why is it changing?
The +’s became confusing and to make way for ever improving energy efficiency
What is it now?
Now it’s A, B, C, D, E, F & G
When is this happening?:
- fridges and freezers (1st march 2021)
- dishwashers (1st march 2021)
- washing machines (1st march 2021)
- televisions (1st march 2021)
- lamps (1st Sep 2021)
What’s the significance?:
This means an energy-efficient fridge with an A+++ rating could move to class B, C, or even lower – but without actually being any less efficient
What about the EU?
The energy efficiently labelling requirement originally stemmed from an EU directive. The UK is continuing the requirement post-Brexit. Products will now have a UK label and EU label.
Where will I see this?
Manufacturers are required to display it on the product. You will also see in the specifications when looking at a product online.
Want to know more?
You can read the energy Label UK info here.