Explaining EU energy labels

By law, certain electrical appliances have to carry an energy rating and list their energy consumption, so the customer can make informed decisions when buying the products. This guide will help you understand the energy labels you'll find on appliances like fridges, washing machines and ovens.

What is on an energy label?

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Energy labels show the energy usage, and the efficiency of the appliance. They're useful to get an idea of how much energy your kit will use, but they don't give any idea of the product's performance – so they can't be used to compare how well different products work. 

 

Where you'll find energy labels

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These products should all have an energy label.

  • Fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers
  • Washing machines
  • Electric tumble dryers
  • Washer-dryers
  • Dishwashers
  • Lighting
  • Electric ovens
  • Air conditioners
  • Televisions
  • Vacuum cleaners sold after January 2015

If you've got any more questions about energy labels, give one of our Team Knowhow experts a call here.

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