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.

Why are energy efficiency ratings changing?

Energy efficiency labels were introduced around 20 years ago. Products got a ‘A’ for high efficiency, and an ‘F’ for low efficiency. This system became more complicated (and confusing) over time, with ratings of A+, A++ and A+++ being added.

To make things clearer for customers, these A+, A++ and A+++ ratings are being phased out. Refrigerators including fridges, freezers, fridge freezers and wine coolers, washing machines, washer dryers, TVs , monitors and dishwashers will use a simple A to G ranking system instead.

What happens next?

New products that launched between June 2020 and March 2021 will have the current energy ratings on them, but you’ll find labels for both rating systems in the box. This will only happen during this period of transition while the old ratings are being phased out.

From March 2021, products online and in-store will have labels with the new A to G ranking system for energy efficiency.

The new labels are also going to feature handy QR codes. You’ll be able to scan them on your smartphone for additional information, this additional information is also available online in the "product fiche" you'll find in the top left hand corner of our product pages.

Washing Machines
Washer Dryers
TVs
Dishwashers
Fridge freezers
Monitors
Wine Coolers

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Washing Machines

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!

Washers dryers

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.

TVs

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.

Dishwashers

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 Freezers

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.

Monitors

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.

Wine Coolers

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.