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    Energy Labels

    When we look for the appliances that’ll be the heart of our homes, energy efficiency is becoming increasingly more important to us. And with modern appliances now eco-friendlier than ever, the way a product’s energy efficiency is rated is changing.

    Since 1st November 2020, the energy labels that tell us how energy efficient an appliance is have started to transition into a new system, which will be fully in place by 1st March 2021.

    Why is it changing?

    Household appliances use a lot less energy and water than those from a decade ago. For example, fridge freezers use around 40% less energy, whilst still doing just as good a job (if not better) at taking care of our groceries.

    So, with this in mind, the old A+++ to D energy rating system is moving to an easier to understand A to G scale.

    This simpler system will not only make it easier to know which appliances are the most energy efficient, but it will also allow more room for innovation. That’s because the current most efficient appliances will now be awarded a B or a C rating in the new rankings, meaning manufacturers have more opportunity to build even more efficient appliances in the future.

    These new ratings will also be based on using common programmes or average load capacities to represent real-life usage.

    Which products will be affected?

    Dishwashers

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    Washing machines

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    Washer dryers

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    Fridges and freezers

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    Wine coolers

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    TVs and monitors

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    What's changing?

    Example above is representative of a new washing machine energy label.

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