Energy efficiency ratings are being overhauled in 2021. The A+++-D rating labels on all refrigeration, washing machines, washer dryers, TVs, Monitors and dishwashers will be replaced by something that’s easier to understand - a simple A-G ratings scale.
The current legislation is now over 20 years old, so all major brands have managed to reach the top energy efficiency rating. In fact, over 90% of products now have an A+++ rating, so it’s difficult for customers to work out which products are the most energy efficient.
The new ratings system will affect washing machines, washer dryers, refrigerators, wine cellars and dishwashers.
A simple A-G ratings system is going to replace the current system, so you’ll no longer see any A+, A++ or A+++ ratings. This new system will make it easier and quicker for you to compare the energy efficiency of various products.
From March 2021, products online and in-store will be labelled with the new A to G ranking system.
If you buy a product between June 2020 and March 2021, you might see labels with both old and new energy efficiency rating labels on them.
You can get more detailed info about energy efficiency and usage by clicking on the fiche to the top left of the image or in the product specification.
The only difference to these labels is the flags on the top left hand corner, as we operate in both GB and Ireland we need to show both labels since Brexit in January. Don't worry though, this doesn't affect how you use your product.
There'll be some time where brands are still changing things over. Because of that, retailers can sell products that follow the old ratings until 1st December 2021.
So, what are the changes to the new energy label for washing machines? Tests to work out energy ratings are based on 100 cycles rather than annual use - so it’s easier to compare machines. The new “Eco 40-60”* program can now combine cotton, linen or mixed fibres into one super-efficient cycle. Great for saving you energy and water!
Washer dryer energy labels get split into two parts. The left handles the complete “wash and dry” cycle. The right side of the label is for wash cycle only. It features all the same handy amends as washing machines label like ratings based on 100 cycles vs annual use to make comparisons easier and Eco 40-60”* program can now combine cotton, linen or mixed fibres.
With TVs, the way energy efficiency is tested has changed and they've added a few new measurements too. Now measurements are given in kWh per 1000 hours, so that it's easier to compare one TV to the next. Plus, things like SDR and HDR are on the label now too, to take account for these exciting new bits of TV tech.
Tests have been changed to better reflect how people use their dishwasher. For example, cups, pots, and plastic utensils will be used to work out cleaning and drying performance. The new Eco program is now even more eco-friendly and is great for normally dirty dishes. Like with washing machines and washer-dryers, energy consumption will be based on 100 cleaning cycles.
Fridge freezer energy ratings now take a lot of things into account – including the room temperature, number and size of storage compartments. The new label also provides information on the total volume of all refrigerator compartments and all freezer compartments. Plus, whether there are noise emissions.
The way monitors are changing is pretty much the same as TVs. Energy ratings will now be based off of kWh per 1000 hours. And new bits of tech like SDR and HDR will be included on the label too - so it's now way easier for you to compare different montiros and find the one you like.
Noise emission classes are also now included on wine cooler energy labels. Other info remains the same including annual energy consumption and the number of standard wine bottles that can be stored.