A Guide to New Energy Ratings
Since being introduced twenty years ago, energy labels were awarded an A for high efficiency and a G for low efficiency. Over time, the scheme evolved and labels of A+, A++ and A+++ were added, increasing confusion for consumers.
‘Energy efficiency first’ is the key directive and core principle behind the Energy Union strategy. By introducing new and simpler energy labelling, the Union hopes to further cut emissions, bring savings to consumers and reduce the EU's fossil fuel import dependency.
How Energy Labels Have Helped to Reduce EmissionsEnergy labelling plays a significant role in whether or not you buy a product! We all want to ensure our home appliances are as energy efficient as possible, don’t emit harmful gases into the environment and are cost effective in the home.
Since the introduction of energy labels to key household appliances, the industry has been inspired to create more innovative and environmentally friendly products.
Which Product Ranges Will Have the New Energy Labels?The five product groups with the “rescaled” labels are dishwashers, washing machines & washer-dryers, refrigerators (including wine coolers), and lamps & electronic displays including televisions.
The new energy labels seek to provide consumers with detailed information on Water Saving, Energy Saving and how this translates into Household Savings.
More information on the category specific labels can be found on our website here.
Replacing White Goods Could Save You £££’sSo how does this translate into savings when you change to a more energy efficient device?
Based on the unit rate of 0.19p per kWh, the table shows how much it would have cost to run each appliance per year.
As you can see, an F-rated fridge freezer costs on average £151 a year, whilst the typical annual cost of an A-rated fridge freezer is just £38 - a difference of £113!
If we look at dishwashers, using a G-rated appliance will cost you £86 per year versus just £39 for an A-rated appliance - a £47 saving!
Appliances & Energy EfficiencyBased on the unit rate of 0.19p per kWh, the table below shows the average energy consumed per appliance per year.
If all four of your appliances were F-rated, you would be using 1,741 kWh per year, whereas switching to A-rated products would save you 1,105 kWh per year.
This equates to just over £200 in energy savings and makes a substantial difference not just to your energy bills but the environment too!
Speak to Your Local Experts for Friendly Advice
At Euronics we work alongside the UK’s favourite home appliance manufacturers, who are constantly evolving and improving the technology of their products.
The plethora of benefits and features of each product and of course the new energy ratings, can be easily explained by your local Euronics UK experts, find your nearest store here.