If you’re looking for a new appliance, energy efficient labels can help you choose one with a good energy performance. The labels must be displayed on various home appliances, including:
- washing machines, washer dryers and tumble dryers
- Fridges, freezers and fridge freezers
- Electric ovens
The labels show the energy efficiency ratings in a range of colours. They go from dark green (most energy efficient), to red (least efficient). The labels also show an appliances total energy consumption in kilowatt hours (kWh).
The labels also have other information relevant to the product - these include annual energy consumption for tumble dryers, storage volume for fridges and freezers and noise levels for washing machines.
The energy ratings are based on the size category of a product. That means that two differently sized appliances could have the same energy rating, but use very different amounts of electricity. To make a direct comparison between machines, look at the energy consumption information on the bottom right of the label.
Looking at the energy efficient rating of your home appliances can help to reduce your overall energy bills.