Energy efficiency ratings are being overhauled in 2021. The A+++ rating labels on fridges, washing machines, washer dryers 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+ ratings are being phased out. Refrigerators, wine cellars, washing machines, washer dryers and dishwashers will use a simple A to G ranking system instead.

What happens next?

New products that launch 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.

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