New Energy Labels for Electrical Appliances. Everything you need to know.

From today, Monday, March 1, 2021, the new energy label on electrical appliances from the countries of the European Union is adopted. The redesign of the marking is considered necessary, as the current classification confuses consumers. This is because in the upper categories A +, A ++ and A +++, many devices are crowded, in contrast to the lower categories which are empty, since the most energy consuming devices are now banned in the market.

As more and more products achieve A +, A ++ or A +++ scores based on the current scale, the most important change is to return to a simpler scale, from A to G. This scale is more rigorous and designed so that only a few products can initially get an "A" rating; this leaves room for more efficient products to be included in the future. The most energy efficient products currently on the market will now be labeled "B", "C" or "D". The labels will include some new features, including a QR link to a pan-European database, which will allow consumers to find out more product details. From 1 March, a number of "eco-design" rules will also enter into force - in particular as regards the possibility of repair and the obligation of manufacturers to keep spare parts available for a number of years after a product has last been placed on the market.

From 1 March, "eco-design" rules are introduced regarding the possibility of repair and the obligation of manufacturers to keep the spare parts available for a number of years after the last release of a product on the market.
"The original energy label has been extremely successful, helping households in Europe save, on average, several hundred euros each year, while pushing businesses to invest in research and innovation. By the end of February, more than 90% of the products were in the A +, A ++ or A +++ categories. The new system will be clearer for consumers and will guarantee continuous innovation by businesses and the creation of even more efficient products. "It will also help us reduce greenhouse gas emissions."
Country Simpson
Energy Commissioner

The layout of the new label is also different, with clearer and more modern icons. Like the previous labels, the updated labels do not just show the energy efficiency class. For a washing machine e.g. show at a glance the number of liters of water per wash cycle, cycle duration and energy consumption, as measured for a standard program.


Washing machine


One of the major changes to the energy label for washing machines is the change in test program to which all the values ​​on the new label are listed. This is the new "Eco 40-60" program *. It is suitable for washing normally soiled cotton, linen or mixed fabrics that are washed at 40⁰C or 60⁰C, depending on their care symbol. In addition, all the above fabrics can be combined in this wash cycle. Also, the "Eco 40-60" program is the most efficient in terms of combined energy and water consumption. Finally, the energy consumption is based on 100 wash cycles.

1 QR Code

2 Energy efficiency class **

3 Weighted power consumption ** in kWh / 100 operating cycles (in Eco 40-60 program)

4 Maximum load capacity

5 Duration of the "Eco 40-60" program

6 Weighted water consumption ** in liters / operating cycle (in the "Eco 40-60" program)

7 Spin performance class **

8 Noise emissions during the spin cycle expressed in dB (A) to 1 PW and noise emission class **

* "Eco 40-60" is defined as an optimal wash temperature for this program, in order to achieve optimal energy efficiency. This temperature cannot be changed by the customer. The actual wash temperature is specified in the operating instructions and, depending on the size of the load, may deviate from the selected wash temperature for energy saving purposes. Washing performance complies with legal requirements.

** Prices are valid for a quarter of the load, half load and full load.


Dishwashers


The energy efficiency class for dishwashers continues to be based on the "Eco" program in the new energy label. However, the test model has changed. For example, cups, pots and plastic utensils are used to determine the cleaning and drying performance and thus better capture the actual behavior during use. Also, the specification of the duration of the "Eco" program has changed. This program is very environmentally friendly, ideal for normally soiled dishes and is the most efficient choice in terms of combined energy and water consumption. As is the case with washing machines and washer dryers, here too the energy consumption is based on 100 wash cycles.

1 QR Code

2 Energy efficiency class

3 Power consumption in kWh / 100 cycles (in the "Eco" program)

4 Number of regular individual dishes for the "Eco" program

5 Water consumption in liters / operating cycle (in the "Eco" program)

6 Duration of the "Eco" program

7 Noise emissions expressed in dB (A) to 1 PW and noise emission category


Cooling & Freezing


The process of determining the order of energy efficiency is now more comprehensive. It takes into account the type of device, the principle of operation, the room temperature, as well as the number and size of storage spaces. The rest of the elements of the new energy label remain essentially the same. Energy consumption continues to be defined in kWh as annual consumption ("per year"). The label also provides information on the total volume of all refrigeration and freezing storage facilities, if any, as well as on noise emissions and noise category.

1 QR Code

2 Energy efficiency class

3 Energy consumption in kWh / year (measured based on the requirements of the new standards)

4 Total volume of all storage spaces of the freezer

5 Total volume of all refrigeration storage areas

6 Noise emissions expressed in dB (A) to 1 PW and noise emission category


Washing Machines - Dryers


The energy label for washing machines has not been revised since 1996, when it was first used, so it still shows the initial scale from A to G. Since washing machines are used more often, only for washing clothes, the label is divided into two parts. On the left side of the new label are the values ​​for the complete wash and dry cycle. On the right side of the new label are the values ​​for the wash cycle only and correspond to a washing machine.

1 QR Code

2 Energy efficiency class * (complete cycle)

3 Energy efficiency class * (wash cycle)

4 Weighted power consumption * in kWh / 100 cycles (complete operating cycle **)

5 Weighted energy consumption * in kWh / 100 cycles (wash cycle)

6 Maximum load capacity (complete cycle **)

7 Maximum load capacity (wash cycle)

8 Weighted water consumption * in liters / cycle (complete cycle **)

9 Weighted water consumption * in liters / cycle (wash cycle)

10 Program duration (complete cycle)

11 Duration of the "Eco 40-60" program

12 Spin performance class *

13 Noise emissions during the spin cycle expressed in dB (A) to 1 PW and noise emission category

* Prices are valid for washing with a quarter of the load, half load and full load. When washing and drying at half full load.


Televisions - Monitor


The horizontal and vertical resolution (in pixels) was added to the TVs and monitors, while the indication of the power of the model was removed. There is also energy consumption in 1,000 operating hours for reproducing both standard dynamic range (SDR) and high dynamic range (HRD) content.

1 QR Code

2 Energy class

3 Scale of energy classes

4 Power consumption in kilowatt hours (kWh) for 1,000 hours of operation and playback of standard dynamic range (SDR) content

5 Energy Class for High Dynamic Range (HDR) Content Playback

6 Power consumption in kilowatt hours (kWh) for 1,000 hours of operation and HDR content playback

7 Screen diagonal in inches and centimeters. Horizontal and vertical resolution in pixels.


In addition to the new rules on energy labeling, the corresponding new ecodesign regulations will enter into force on 1 March 2021. These regulations mainly address the updated minimum performance requirements and strengthen the right of consumers to repair products, while also supporting the circular economy. Manufacturers or importers will now be required to provide professional repairmen with a range of key components (engines and engine brushes, pumps, shock absorbers and springs, wash drums, etc.) for at least 7-10 years after being placed on the EU market. of the last piece of a model. And for end users (ie consumers who are not professional repairers but want to do the repairs themselves), manufacturers must have some spare parts for several years after a product is withdrawn from the market. Products such as doors or hinges and sealing partitions, offered for self-repair. The maximum delivery time of all these parts is 15 working days after the order.


Questions and answers:


1. What is the reason for launching the new European energy label on a scale of A to G?

The energy efficiency of the new models of electrical appliances is constantly improving and almost all new products are classified in the highest energy efficiency classes (A +++, A ++, A +, A, B ...). Instead of adding more "+" to category A, the products are re-ranked, one by one, on a simple scale from A to G and the new energy labels are "updated".

Higher categories remain empty to encourage innovation and room for improvement. In the updated label, the energy efficiency of a product is determined based on stricter standards.

Another innovation in terms of energy label is the QR code, which will lead directly, from the above dates, to the product model information in the product database.


2. Why did I find two energy labels on the product packaging?

To prepare for the transition from the current to the updated energy label, there will be both energy labels on the product packaging for a short period of time. Next, only the new energy labels should be used.

Due to the stricter standards, a product model can be classified in a much lower energy efficiency category with the new energy label. For example, a refrigerator that previously belonged to the energy efficiency category A +++ could be classified in category C with the new label, that is, it is the same product with the same energy efficiency, but the new label imposes stricter standards for classification in energy efficiency categories.

When comparing products and models, it is important to ensure that the comparison is based on the same type of label.


3. Why do some products have different prices on the current and updated label?

The new labels make several adjustments to the calculation methods. For this reason, prices can sometimes vary greatly.

For example, the energy consumption of washing machines in the current label is based on annual use, while in the new label the calculation is made for 100 wash cycles. For TVs, the formula for calculating energy consumption has changed to better take into account the consumption of internal components and not just the screen.

Labels are not just a guide to saving energy and money, but some also provide environmental information, such as noise emissions or the typical water consumption of a product. In this way, consumers can make informed choices and contribute to a greener economy.


So for "History"...

The EU energy label has been a widely recognized feature of household products, such as light bulbs, televisions or washing machines, and has helped consumers make informed choices for more than 25 years. In a pan-European survey (Eurobarometer) conducted in 2019, 93% of consumers confirmed that they recognized the label while 79% confirmed that it had influenced their decision about the product they will buy. Together with harmonized minimum performance requirements (known as "eco-design"), EU rules on energy labeling are estimated to reduce consumer spending by tens of billions of euros per year, creating multiple other benefits for both the environment and manufacturers. retailers.

The new categories of the updated label were agreed following a systematic and fully transparent consultation process, with stakeholders and Member States closely involved at all stages, scrutiny by the Council and the European Parliament - and adequate involvement and timely information from manufacturers. As required by the Framework Regulation, the scale of other product groups will be adjusted in the coming years - including dryers, local space heaters, air conditioners, cookers, ventilators, professional refrigerators, space heaters. and water and solid fuel boilers.

The transition to updated labels coincides with the entry into force of two recently adopted (omnibus) regulations to correct or clarify a number of issues identified in the relevant energy labeling and eco-planning regulations, as issued in 2019.