The energy label has been a mainstay of appliances and products for more than 25 years. It's supported consumers and professional buyers in the searching and choosing of energy efficient products, and helped manufacturers and retailers develop more innovative and efficient products.
Due to increased demand for more environmentally friendly options, the energy that products use has reduced. This meant that the old labelling scheme - ranging from A+++ to G - had become less effective. This made it more difficult for consumers to identify the most efficient products.
The label has therefore been revised and optimised. The new label, which started to appear in high street and online shops from March 2021, features a new, simpler range: A to G. Explore our website to find out more about the changes.
Essential features of the new label
A range of improvements have been made to the new energy label:
- All products feature the new, consistent scale.
- The highest class is 'A'.
- A QR code on the energy label allows consumers, professional buyers and retailers to access useful, up to date and product information.
Which products are affected?
The new energy label will be introduced gradually across a range of different products.
In 2021, new labels will appear in stores and online shops for:
- domestic refrigerators and freezers*
- wine storage refrigerators
- washing machines
- televisions and electronic displays
- light sources
Light sources will transition to the new label from September 2021.
*A completely new label is being created for commercial refrigerators and freezers, but this will only be relevant for the professional retail sector.