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Energy labels: why have A+++, A++ and A+ disappeared?

You may have noticed that the energy labels of devices were revised in 2021. The "+" energy classes have disappeared from the new labels. The classification again extends from A to G.

What are energy labels used for?

For over 20 years, the energy label has helped individuals choose their household appliances, by providing information on their energy consumption: from the most economical (in green) to the most energy-consuming (in red).

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.

What about A+++, A++ and A+?

In recent years, as a result of improvements in the energy efficiency of appliances, the scale has been expanded to include the A+++, A++ and A+ classes.

However, this rating could be confusing since many consumers have relied solely on the letter "A", thinking that it was already very good. This is why a new, revised and simplified energy label was launched on 1 March 2021. With no more "+” signs, the classification again extends from A to G.

Furthermore, initially no appliance was classified A, as this category is intended for appliances that will have higher energy performance in the future than those currently on the market. A good way to get ahead of technological progress!

How to recognize the new labels?

The A+++, A++ and A+ categories no longer appear on the new labels. In addition, the new labels have a QR Code, providing access to more information about the product, its performance and features.

What are the benefits of the energy label for consumers?

With this label, Europe wants to help the consumer to:

  • choose better: the label is simple and clear. In addition to consumption information, it also lets you compare other elements such as the intensity of noise in operation or the volume of the appliance.
  • compare better: if you are hesitating between two appliances, their energy classification helps you make a decision!
  • obtain more efficient appliances: with each change in the classification, the energy requirements become more demanding. This should push manufacturers to produce products that use even less energy.
  • pay less: the new classes A and B are much stricter. An appliance previously classed A+++ has become a C, which is much less attractive for consumers. This makes manufacturers lower their prices.

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