New energy efficiency labelling for household appliances

CREDIT: Miteco

HOUSEHOLD appliances will now have new labels to rate their level of energy use.

The new labels will have a clearer classification, with a QR code providing more information.

As of March 1, five families of electrical products will have the new labels, which are mandatory both in physical stores and in Internet sales.

The A +++, A ++ and A + labels that we were used until now will no longer exist, so instead of ranging from A+++ to D, the categories will range from A to G. The purpose remains the same, to help buyers understand how much energy a product uses, with G being the worst rating.

The EU approved labelling affects household appliances and electric appliances such as screens, lamps, washing machines, washer-dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers or televisions.

Others such as ovens, hoods and dryers will continue to be labelled in the previous way. Lighting sourceswill be added to this new labelling from September 1 and in 2022, they will be applied to air conditioners and dryers.

We can continue to buy appliances with the old label until November 30, 2021.

The change has been necessary because of the speed at which devices evolve, and the new system will make it possible to keep pace with improvements

It will be revised when 30 per cent of the products on the market in the European Union receive the maximum rating (A) or when 50 per cent are in bands A and B.

No product labelled with the new classification will, today, be at the top level of efficiency. In fact, a refrigerator listed as ‘ A +++’ in the old system will correspond to a ‘C’ in the new labelling.

This is because the new labels have been launched without any device classified in class A, so that there is room for improvement and the higher categories are not saturated, like before.

Also, the labels use symbols, so that they are the same in all countries of the European Union and can be understood everywhere.


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Jennifer Leighfield, born in Salisbury, UK; resident in Malaga, Spain since 1989. Degree in Translation and Interpreting in Spanish, French and English from Malaga University (2005), specialising in Crime, Forensic Medicine and Genetics. Published translations include three books by Richard Handscombe. Worked with Euro Weekly News since November 2006. Well-travelled throughout Spain and the rest of the world, fan of Harry Potter and most things ‘geek’.

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