Last updated on 18 December 2018
Current energy labels will gradually be replaced with a more rigorous and clearer version, with classes from A to G.
They are mandatory for all new appliances that impact energy consumption (with the exception of means of transport). In shops, they must be displayed on all appliances.
The '+' classes that were added as technology advanced are disappearing. Only the current classes A (the most efficient) to G (the least efficient) will remain.
In addition, the new regulation provides for the implementation of a European database of household electrical appliances, for which manufacturers will provide the information.
With this new label, Europe wishes to help consumers:
|Did you know that there is a 20% difference in energy consumption between classes A+ and A++? It is the same for each +!|
At first the old label will be placed alongside the new so that consumers can get used to the new classification.
The new energy label will be implemented in several stages, depending on the type of household appliance:
And what about vacuum cleaners?
You will note that vacuum cleaners are not on the list. A manufacturer lodged an action before Court of Justice of the European Union on the grounds that the performance tests do not reflect real conditions of use. The manufacturer won the case. This should not have any effect on the implementation of the new label for other appliances, however.
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