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European Energy Efficiency Labelling Scheme

European Energy Efficient Labelling Scheme

Since 1995 it has been a mandatory requirement for manufacturers of domestic electrical goods to label certain products under the European Energy Efficiency Labelling Scheme. The labels indicate the energy efficiency and energy consumption of the product illustrating its environmental performance. The labels must be clearly displayed on the product.

Energy efficiency ratings sticker

Products that must display a European Energy Efficiency Label:

  • Refrigerators
  • Freezers
  • Washing machines
  • Washer driers
  • Tumble dryers
  • Dishwashers
  • Air conditioners
  • Electric Ovens
  • Lamps, light bulbs and light fittings

Energy efficiency ratings for each product are given on an A to G scale, where A has the best energy efficiency performance and G has the worst energy efficiency performance. Two extra categories (A++ and A+) are assigned to the energy efficiency labels of refrigeration goods (fridges and freezers), with A++ being the best level of energy efficiency. Washing machine efficiency labels display three different ratings e.g. AAB, with one given for the washing of a typical load (cotton cycle 600C with a stated load weight) one for the washing performance, one for spin drying performance. Water consumption details are also included.

Energy efficiency recommended logo

The Energy Efficiency Recommended logo is used to label some of the most energy efficient electrical products. It is also used to label energy efficient boilers (gas and oil), hot water cylinders, heating controls, loft and cavity wall insulation materials, windows, draught proofing materials and electronics.

Energy star logo

The Energy Star symbol can be found on electrical equipment such as computers, fax machines, printers and monitors. It indicates that the product's standby power consumption lies below a target level and will save money and the environment.