As technology has advanced, there has been an increased demand for more environmentally friendly options, with the energy that many household appliances use being greatly reduced. As a result, the current labelling scheme, ranging from A+++ to G, has become less effective. Many appliances are currently labelled at the top end of the energy label spectrum making it harder for you, our loyal customers, to work out which items are the most energy efficient. From March 2021, shopping will be easier with electrical items featuring a new, simpler label with a range from A to G. This will not only help save you money by buying a more energy efficient item but it will also speed up the research process so that you can be sure that you are buying the most environmentally friendly and cost efficient appliance available.
Why The New Label?
The UK is introducing a new energy label in 2021 to spread energy performance over a much wider scale in the hopes that it will make it much easier for consumers to compare electrical items. It will also set new standards for energy saving appliances, bringing further savings for consumers as well as helping manufacturers meet their environmental commitments set by the Government.
When exactly is this happening?
Although the official switchover date is the 1st of March 2021, there is a transition period where both labels will be supplied for each item. This ensures that whenever the product is purchased, you have the right label according to the current regulations. Please be assured that whilst both labels are different, they are both applicable for this product.
An example of the current energy label is shown on the left, an example of the new energy label is shown on the right. In addition to the new energy classes, you can see that a QR code has been added to the new labels to make the shopping process as quick and as painless as possible, with all of the key information supplied straight to your smart device. There is also a more understandable measurement of energy consumption located at the bottom of the label alongside information specific to the appliance you are buying such as noise emission and water consumption figures.
In addition, there are category specific changes that can be seen below.
Refrigerators and Freezers
New labels will feature an icon for chilled and unfrozen compartments with a separate icon for noise emissions. This includes more detail on noise emission classes.
Wine Storage Refrigerators
Changes include a new icon for wine bottles as well as more information regarding noise emissions and the relevant classes.
TVs and Electronic Displays
Energy consumption is now detailed per 1,000 hours of use for both Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) and High Dynamic Range (HDR) on the new labels. Consumers can also view the resolution level in pixels as part of the screen sizing information. For simplicity, the detail of power in watts and hard switches has been removed.
Labels now include the energy consumption per 100 washes with added information on capacity and duration of ‘Eco’ programmes. Water consumption is also listed (per litre) alongside the noise output when spinning (not washing).
As seen on the example washing machine label, the energy consumption is now listed per 100 washes with a noise emission class for the appliance while it’s spinning. A rated wash capacity, water consumption level and approximate durations of a standard programme is included for both a wash & dry cycle as well as an individual wash cycle.
Alongside the new icon for noise emissions, you can also view the duration and water consumption of the energy efficient ‘Eco’ setting. The new labels also list the energy consumption of the ‘Eco’ programme as per 100 cycles.