Energy efficiency ratings are changing in 2021. Here's everything you need to know.
The current legislation is now over 20 years old. Technology and energy efficiency has improved so much that 90% of products now have an A+++ rating under the old system, so it’s difficult for customers to work out which products are truly the most energy efficient.
The new ratings system will affect washing machines, washer dryers, fridge freezers, refrigerators, wine coolers, dishwashers, TVs and computer monitors.
A simple A to G ratings system is going to replace the current system. 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 details about energy efficiency and usage on the product page on our website. Just click on the "product fiche" to the top-left of the product image or in the product specification.
As we operate in both the UK and Ireland, we have to show two versions of the label. The only difference between the two is the flag icon. The new energy efficiency ratings are the same in both regions.
Manufacturers will need a little time to change things over. Because of that, retailers can sell products that follow the old ratings until 1st December 2021.
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Washer dryer energy labels are now split into two parts. The left shows a rating for the complete "wash and dry" cycle. The right side of the label is for wash cycle only. Like washing machines, the new ratings are based on 100 cycles instead of annual use to make comparisons easier, and the new Eco 40-60”* program can now combine cotton, linen or mixed fibres.Shop high energy efficient Washer Dryers
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